CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A $323,328 grant has been designated for the construction of a $1 million child day-care center that will be built and used by eight local businesses and organizations.
The grant is being awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The rest of the money needed to build the day-care center will be raised through debt financing and donations from the community and local companies, said Jane Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority.
The $328,328 grant has been earmarked for the project, although 13 state governors who make up an investment program in the Appalachian Regional Commission still have to vote on the grant and other grants being considered, Peters said.
Last year, the eight local businesses and organizations involved in the project researched the need for more day care services in the county. The group discovered that among all the families in the county that need day care, licensed day care is only available to 22 percent of those families.