Center for Children and Families moving The dream for a comprehensive family services center will finally come true with the opening of the Center for Children and Families on Aug. 6 in the former Little Yotes building at 505 Stanford Street.
The Center for Children and Families will initially provide childcare and child development services for babies and children including those of the nonprofit Vermillion Day Care Center, the for-profit Little Yotes Child Care Center, and additional children. Eventually, after building a new addition, the center will also house The University of South Dakota Head Start program, the Vermillion School District's Early Childhood Connection, and various comprehensive family services.
The board of the Center for Children and Families has been actively involved over the years in seeing that the dream for the new center becomes a reality for the families of Vermillion and the nearby counties. Barb Goodman, president, and Young Moore, secretary-treasurer, have organized and attended numerous meetings with city, school district, county, and state leaders to plan for the center.
The board has been in negotiation about several building and land sites in the community to locate the center.
Recently, Dave Hertz, contractor and owner/operator of Midwest Homes, approached the board with his interest in selling his Little Yotes Day Care Center to the Center for Children and Families.
As a result, the board of directors of the Center for Children and Families is engaged in financial arrangements to borrow $225,000 from Community First Bank and $150,000 for a community facility from the Rural Development Office of the Department of Agriculture. An additional $400,000 in grants and loans will be sought to complete the addition that will house the USD Head Start program and the Vermillion School District Early Childhood Connection.
Over the years, the Center for Children and Families has received money from the United Way of Vermillion, other small individual donations, and a large donation from Phil Crew, an attorney and real estate broker now deceased, who helped with the center because of his strong interest and the fact that his grandchildren had attended the Vermillion Day Care Center.
The Center for Children and Families is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation in the state of South Dakota and can accept tax-exempt gifts and bequests to help with their program.
The Center for Children and Families will be open in the new site Aug. 6 and is licensed for 91 children. The children will be served in classes with different age groups including a separate infant class. Susan Evans of the former Vermillion Day Care Center and Shelley Bye of the former Little Yotes Day Care Center will serve as codirectors. To enroll a child at the center, call 624-8270. For further information and to donate toward the program at the center, contact Moore at 624-2927 or Goodman at 624-8113.