Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 9-28-05

For immediate release.

Regional Model Child Development Center Receives Needed Financial Support from Haywood County Commissioners

Today, in a special called meeting, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners voted to provide Haywood Community College with $1,521,500 to be used for the building of the Regional Model Child Development Center located on the college campus. The Commissioners were unanimous in their support of the motion presented by Mary Ann Enloe and seconded by Larry Ammons.

Neal Ensley, Chair of the HCC Board of Trustees said, "The new facility will do more than provide basic child care. It will be a model center that will provide educational opportunities for students and learning opportunities for parents. Obviously it will be very helpful to our students, especially those with young children and for those who are enrolled in our Early Childhood programs of study. The Center will also have extended hours to serve people who have evening work hours and students who attend college during non-traditional hours"

The vowed support was welcome news to the college. Dr. Donald Stanton, HCC Interim President, said, "We now have enough funding to start the bidding process and we hope to break ground in late November or early December. This is an historic moment. We'll be able to look back on this and feel good about this decision. All of us are grateful to the commissioners for calling this special meeting and for their positive action."

The current childcare center serves 41 children. The new child development center will have a capacity for 163 children, an increase of 122 additional spaces which will include expanded care facilities for young babies.

Peggy Melville, Vice-Chair of the HCC Board of Trustees, said, "As a mother and grandmother, I know the need for quality childcare. When my children were small there were more options for childcare. Now with so many mothers working outside of the home the need continues to grow for educated childcare workers. We need this facility to help train qualified childcare workers."

According to Ensley, the project will cost approximately $4 million. Additional funding has been received from several sources including Region A Partnership for Children, the NC Partnership for Children, the Duke Endowment, the Janirve Foundation and the HCC Foundation.

David Whitson, HCC Vice-President of Administrative Services, indicated that the Regional Model Child Development Center is projected to take 18 months to complete.