Plymouth, New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District
Mid-State Health Center, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, recognized a significant demand for high-quality, affordable childcare among its employees and within the organization’s service area. The health center had been providing childcare services for 18 children at a leased space.
In 2020, Mid-State Health Center commissioned a feasibility study, leveraging Community Development Block Grant funds, to better understand the need for child care in the Plymouth area. The final report indicated a significant demand for high-quality child care within MSHC’s service area, with available, licensed child-care capacity for only 25% of the region’s infant and toddler market, or 198 out of 800 children.
In addition, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the child care industry across the state of New Hampshire. A number of facilities have closed during the pandemic, reducing the number of child care slots that were already insufficient to meet demand.
To strengthen Mid-State Health Center’s capacity to provide affordable, quality childcare for its employees and the greater Plymouth community, the organization leveraged Community Development Block Grant public facility and economic development resources to build a new childcare center. Mid- State Health Center now has a state-of-the-art, energy efficient childcare facility.
Benefits & Innovation
The new center enables the organization to increase enrollment significantly to serve a total of 60 children, a majority of whom are from low- and moderate-income households. The project will also enable Mid-State Health Center to retain six jobs and create eight new jobs, for a total of fourteen permanent full- time jobs in the new facility. Nine of the jobs will be filled by individuals who qualify as low- or moderate- income.