The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board Monday approved plans to establish a new Doorway to Learning child care program.

The program would serve two dozen children from birth to age three. It’s funded by a $212,108 grant from the state board of education.

The program, to be housed at the District 65 Family Center at 1500 McDaniel Ave., will offer three classrooms, one for infants ages six weeks to 14 months, one for toddlers ages 15 to 24 months, and a third for toddlers 25 to 36 months of age.

Family Center coordinator Angela Johnson says that when the district applied for the state grant last spring every daycare center in Evanston serving that age group had a waiting list and the Family Center already has a list of 20 families waiting for the program to start.

The program still requires state and city licenses and fire inspections before it can open.

The program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will have at least six staff members. To be eligible for the program, families must qualify for subsidized daycare using state guidelines.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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