The State Budget Committee has approved nearly $9.8 million to renovate the Chestnut Building, formerly the Nursing Building, on the Indiana State University campus to house the Early Childhood Education Development Center.

State Sen. Greg Goode, R-Terre Haute, announced the approval Friday.

“As a parent, I have seen firsthand the importance of early childhood education," Goode said in a news release. "As a citizen of West Central Indiana, I recognize the significance of investing in our young citizens. As a legislator, I am committed to this and other continued efforts to strengthen educational opportunities for early childhood development."

The money will be used to add a new elevator and upgrade heating, ventilation, cooling, electrical and the fire suppression system to meet childcare licensing and accreditation standards.

The building is located on Chestnut Street between Seventh and Eighth streets adjacent to University Hall containing the Bayh College of Education.

"I have been part of this project from the beginning when I was chair of the Wabash River Regional Development Authority," Goode said. "I am so grateful for the hard work of those at ISU and the partnership of county, city and philanthropic leaders to make this project a reality.”

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