Ribbon Is Cut On A New Daycare Facility In Century

April 5, 2008

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With the cut of a ribbon, a nine year old dream of a childcare facility in the town of Century became a reality Saturday morning. The new Camp Fire USA child development center on Industrial Boulevard will official open for business at 7:00 Monday morning.

“This has been such a long time coming, La-Vonne Haven, executive director of the Gulf Wind Council of Camp Fire U.S.A., said. “This is just wonderful. I’m so glad this has finally happened.”

“I’m so excited; it’s going to be great,” Director Barbara Rigby told NorthEscambia.com as we took an exclusive sneak peek at the facility Friday afternoon.

The facility, which is licensed for up to 75 children, will accept kids from age one to age 12, and it will have an after school care program for those older kids.

“This is not just for Century,” Rigby said. “This is for Century, Bratt, Byrneville, McDavid, Walnut Hill…all of the communities around here.”

The facility, which was built with the cooperation of the Town of Century, will employ five staff members in the beginning, all highly qualified teachers will all the required certifications. More staff members will be added as the center nears capacity.

So far, there are 18 children registered…all of which are currently in a voluntary pre-k program. That program will move effective Monday from Byrneville Elementary to the new Camp Fire USA facility in Century.

“They are so excited,” Rigby said. “Oh man, they are so excited to get here and see their new school.”

An open registration was held during Saturday’s open house. Parents needing financial assistance with the daycare costs can receive assistance from the Early Learning Coalition, Rigby said. Families that meeting financial guidelines will be able to receive vouchers for childcare at the facility.

The voucher program is income based, and parents must work at least 20 hours to qualify, “no stay at home moms,” Rigby said. Parents can obtain more information on the voucher program at Saturday’s open house.

The facility will be open, beginning this Monday, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For a complete photo tour of the facility and more photos from Saturday’s ribbon cutting and open house, click here.

Pictured above: The ribbon is cut at the new Camp Fire USA child development center in Century Saturday morning. Pictured below: The interior of the new Camp Fire USA childcare facility in Century during our exclusive sneak peek tour Friday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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