Renovation work on the new Brown County Early Learning Center finished this fall.

This adaptive reuse project transformed the building into an imaginative, nature-themed facility optimized for child development. Every element – from the colorful furniture to the child-sized fixtures – was selected with young learners in mind.

The new facility offers childcare for infants and youngsters up to age five. YMCA of West Central Illinois operates the center, which will officially open in early January. Spots are available for 80 children, and registration is now open. To book a spot, call 217-773-5017 or email