WICHITA — Child Start executive director Teresa Rupp first moved the nonprofit, which provides early childhood development services, to Parklane Shopping Center in 1985.
The group "leased 10,000 square feet and thought we had died and gone to heaven," she says of all the space.
That didn't last for long. The organization grew to 23,000 square feet, but still it's not enough.
So Rupp is moving the organization again, this time to new space within Parklane, which is at Lincoln and Oliver.
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Child Start is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be.
That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.
Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start.
Rupp hadn't planned another move.
"Twenty five years ago, I said, 'I am never moving 30 people again.' "
Now, she has to move 80 of Child Start's 250 workers, but Rupp says it's worth it on a number of levels.
The move will allow for more training space.
"We have a lot of people who want to come to train," Rupp says of child care providers who need certification. "We have to turn people away."