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Florence child care center seeks director

Staff writer

Most of the work to refurbish an old school building into a child care center is done, and a Florence nonprofit organization is looking to hire a director for the center.

The soon-to-open child care center at 701 Doyle St. was more than 10 weeks in the works and involved bringing together a board of directors, forming a nonprofit organization, and recruiting volunteers to clean, paint, and refurbish an old special education building.

Flint Hills Child Care Center was the brainchild of Les and Linda Allison. The pair had met a nurse who worked in Emporia but moved to Burdick because that’s where she could find child care.

The Allisons thought Florence could use both child care and a population influx.

In May, the group signed a 10-year lease with the city of Florence, which owns the building. Now the search is on for a director.

Cedar Point resident Kaycy Putter is leading the search.

The coalition is looking for a person with experience in running a center and who is qualified to be licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Putter said.

The center will be licensed to serve 28 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, Putter said.

Putter can be contacted at (316) 295-6503 or by email at

Flint Hills Child Care has applied for start-up grant money, and tax-deductible donations are being sought.

Last modified June 1, 2023