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Growing Place celebrates big 4-0

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT
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The Growing Place was started by Betty Drake in 1973. It will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house March 10.

SYCAMORE – The Growing Place will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, inside the historic train depot at 475 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.

In February 1973, Betty Drake established The Growing Place as one of the first not-for-profit child care programs in the area, serving 44 children. The Growing Place also provided the first before-and-after-school program in the state. The center has been enriched by its longstanding collaboration with Kishwaukee College, Northern Illinois University and DeKalb School District 428. The Growing Place has served thousands of children over the last four decades, and has an enrollment today of more than 250 children.

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