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How a Small Town Got Its Child Care Center

In the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16, a massive haul truck inched into Boulder carrying a 70-foot-long building. Crews steered the structure off Main Street at the L&P Grocery, then down Monroe Street for a few blocks before turning onto West Fourth Avenue and settling, around 6 a.m., behind Boulder Elementary School.

Boulder had its child care center.

The building's midnight run, from the Jim Darcy Elementary School north of Helena, took six hours. Really, though, it capped a yearlong journey that started when a citizen group in Boulder self-formed to investigate ways to fill the city's persisten...


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