Center for Children, Families has a home at former site of Little Yotes Child Care Center The Center for Children and Families has dedicated the sign at its new location at 505 Stanford Street in Vermillion.
Prior to Friday, Aug. 3, the center was a non-profit corporation on paper only. With the purchase of the former Little Yotes Child Care Center, the Center for Children and Families finally has a home.
Children and staff from the former non-profit Vermillion Day Care Center merged with the Little Yotes Child Care Center (formerly owned by Dave and Amy Hertz) in the new facility.
A complete educational and play program that is age appropriate has been designed by the staff with the assistance of early childhood educators Dr. Gera Jacobs, Dr. Lisa Newland and Head Start Director Mary Main from The University of South Dakota. Children from birth through fifth grade will be served by the center.
The center will be applying for further grant money to build an addition to house USD's Head Start program and Early Childhood Connection from the Vermillion School District. In addition, students training in early childhood and special education at USD will be involved at the center.
President of the Board of Directors Barb Goodman and Secretary-Treasurer Young Moore have been working on making the center a reality for the families of Vermillion since 1987 when Moore approached Goodman and the Vermillion Day Care Center Board of Directors and asked if the United Way could help the facility acquire a new building. The outgrowth was the Vermillion Day Care Center Development Committee which later became the Edu-Care Committee which then incorporated as the Center for Children and Families.
The Center for Children and Families will be offering various family services on site as it expands. This fall, Dr. Frank Main form USD will offer parenting classes on Tuesday nights at the new center with child care provided.
For further information about the services of the center or to enroll your children, contact Susan Evans or Shelly Bye, co-directors, at 624-8270. 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. To donate toward the program at the center, contact Moore at 624-2927 or Goodman at 624-8113.