GRAND RAPIDS — A trio of nonprofits are partnering to develop a roughly $5 million facility this fall to help meet ongoing needs for early childhood education in a historically disadvantaged part of the city.

IFF, a Chicago-based nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) with locations across the Midwest, is leading the development of a new early childhood education center in Grand Rapids’ Boston Square neighborhood. The organization is partnering with Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative and Amplify GR, which is helping to secure the property. The facility’s location has not yet been finalized, but officials still plan to break ground this fall for a fall 2022 opening.

Studies have shown over the past decade that the 49507 ZIP code has a disproportionately high number of

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