When they finally received the go-ahead to rebuild nearly a year after the building flooded, Minot Head Start moved quickly.
The rebuilding process was delayed while FEMA considered what percentage of a loss the building suffered.
FEMA gave the green light to rebuild and construction started on June 2 of this year.
Two-and-a-half months later, the infants and toddlers were the first to make themselves at home today.
The preschoolers will fill the classrooms on the 27th.
Director Cheryl Ekblad says it was a collaborative effort with financial support from Minot Public Schools, FEMA and the State of North Dakota as well as support from the volunteers who helped them move in.
(Cheryl Ekblad, Director MPS Head Start) "I have to say that the portables were very workable. But they weren't home. We just love being in this center. We knew where everything was and the teachers all have their spots and their special rooms and have added to them. It's really nice to be back here again."
The Head Start structure is the same as the old building, or what FEMA calls a 'like-for-like' replacement for reimbursement.