KEARNEY - Members of the UNK community got their first look inside the university's newest facility, the LaVonne Kopecky Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center.

In a ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon, UNK representatives announced the $7.8 million dollar building officially opens November 4th on UNK’s University Village development.

The Plambeck Center, which replaces UNK’s Child Development Center, is the first academic building in the University Village footprint.

Located near the Village Flats housing complex, it features 11 classrooms that will serve up to 180 children from infant to age 6, including those with special needs, with spots available for UNK students, staff and faculty, as well as families from the Kearney area.

UNK’s early childhood education program is among the largest in the state with more than 260 majors.