MAZOMANIE (WKOW) — After flooding left a Mazomanie childcare center gutted and in need of hundreds of thousands dollars of repairs, the business returned to their downtown location.
Leading the tour of Lifecycle Kids, it was a moment Karen Peterson Lienau had been waiting for eight months.
“We’ve been calling it sort of our new old center,” she said.
The center has all of its old amenities, including its kitchen, a few new classrooms and an indoor play space they can rent out to the community. For the past eight months, Lifecycle Kids has been running out of Midland United Methodist Church, while their old home faced significant renovations.
Peterson Lienau said the church served the center well but with about 50 kids in their preschool program, they were quickly outgrowing the space, anxious for the work to pay off, this week.
“We had everything in order to meet all of the licensing requirements and then were able to get our license moved back to this location and then open our doors,” she said.
Peterson Lienau said the landlord took care of most of the building’s damage. They were covered with flood insurance. The business was not, losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, toys and lost wages so the community stepped up.
“We’ve had hundreds of hours of donated labor from our families who come here,” she said.
On top of that they donated toys and raised $10,000 for the center. Alisha Moe, was one of the parents who came out to help the center clean up.
“When you lose such a big staple in the community, finding a replacement is not easy either,” she said.
Moe said she’s been bringing her son to the center for the past two years and being back in the familiar space made a difference this week.
“He’s at most saying four word sentences so it’s pretty limited, but when I ask him did he have fun, he says ‘Yeah! Fun! Yeah! Friends!” she said.
Now back in their own space, Peterson Lienau hopes the center bounces back just as quickly as the kids.
“I’m just really grateful to the community for supporting us,” she said.