After several years of growth and a need for better facilities, groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for the new Kids On The Move intervention preschool.
The preschool will be built on land donated by Intermountain Health Care located south of Orem Community Hospital at 331 N. 400 West.The Orem-based Kids On The Move is an early intervention preschool, whose mission is to provide an environment that fosters the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of children with special needs. The organization serves children from newborn to three years of age, providing resources and support to the children's families.
Since its inception in January 1984, Kids On The Move has increased its services to the children of the community - at one time the organization had more than 65 children enrolled, including children up to age 6.
As the program grew, the need for larger facilities became a top priority. In August 1988, school districts became responsible by law for children with disabilities 3 to 5 years of age, while the Utah Department of Health Services became the agency responsible for early intervention programs.
As a result, Kids On The Move began concentrating to refine their program for infants under the age of 3.
During recent years, Kids On The Move has relocated three times and was recently given notice that by June of this year it would have to vacate its present location at the Provo campus of Utah Valley Community College.
After unsuccessfully looking in Orem and surrounding areas for a facility meeting state and health department codes, officials decided to raise money and build a new facility.
A building design was donated and fund-raising efforts have amassed nearly $420,000 - 90 percent of the funds needed to start construction. The facility should be completed sometime in October.
"It is so rewarding to see these children really growing and achieving," said Karen Hahne, president of Kids On The Move. "We truly believe - and Orem City, Intermountain Health Care and others have proven it - that if the community works together, they can help families believe and children achieve."