Center for Children and Families is recipient of MLK Day support The Center for Children and Families made significant progress on its new addition as part of the Vermillion Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Challenge.�? On Jan. 19, parents, Center board members, and volunteers from the University joined forces to build and install the interior walls in the new 3,000 square foot addition to the facility at 505 Stanford. Volunteers also worked on several projects in the Centerâ�?�?s classrooms.�? The new addition, completed by Slattery Construction, will allow care for 70 more children when finished, which is a significant development in Vermillion given indications that additional daycare spots are sorely needed. A nonprofit organization, the Center has served Vermillion through its predecessor organizations (Little Yotes and Vermillion Day Care) since the early 1970s, is the only secured daycare in the city, and has staff with over 100 years of combined service to children.�? It currently serves over 120 children in the infant, toddler, and preschool programs, including many low income families through the Centerâ�?�?s partnership with Headstart.�? The new addition will provide additional classroom space to provide greater access to services, not just for children attending day care, but also for their families.�? Sen. Tim Johnson was instrumental in obtaining funds to build the expansion, but the Center has been on its own to finish and furnish the structure.�? Gifts from donors have been critical to the success of the expansion program, but needs still exist. Fullerton Building Center, Herren-Schempp Building Supply, USD Athletics, Vermillion Parks and Recreation, the USD Center for Academic Engagement, Slattery Construction, and the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company donated labor, supplies and funding to make the wall raising event a success for this important community resource.�? Those interested in continued support of the building completion should contact board chairperson Barb Goodman (677-5158). The Center board and families expressed their appreciation to all who participated in the wall raising and volunteer events to celebrate the MLK Day of Service.
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