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Moline and WIU Will Open Child Care Center Downtown

Moline and Western Illinois University are joining forces to make child care more available in the city. Tuesday they announced plans for a Spanish and bi-lingual early learning center downtown.

Kristi Mindrup, WIU's Vice President of Quad Cities Campus Operations, says there's a high demand for child care, especially in downtown Moline.

"The great opportunity here is the integration of Western Illinois University's early childhood program. What this does is it connects the faculty expertise and proven practices, and creates a safe and welcoming space that provides a solid learning foundation for our young people in the community."

In addition to helping families find child care, the new center will give WIU students experience working with young children.

The location will be the Enterprise Lofts, on River Drive, and once it's renovated, she says it will have space for up to 60 children.

It should open by the fall.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.