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Rep. Gillespie says state lacks funds to keep 7 WNC childcare centers open

Southwestern Child Development recently announced that effective October 31, 2023, they will be closing all childcare centers under their control in the westernmost counties of North Carolina.

“I am deeply concerned about the abrupt and untimely announcement of the immediate closure of the childcare centers in our district,” stated Rep. Gillespie. “I was unaware of the impending closures until late last week when constituents began contacting my office. The closure of these essential services poses a significant challenge to our community, affecting not only working families but also the economic stability of the district. Reliable childcare plays a crucial role in the lives of our residents, allowing parents and guardians to work, pursue education, and ensure the overall welfare of their children. Alongside my colleague Senator Kevin Corbin, we are committed to addressing this issue head-on and are actively working with all concerned parties, both at the local and state levels, to find viable and sustainable solutions.”

After discussions with NCDHHS about the issue, they indicated that “we do not have any funds which can help Southwestern Child Development stay open.” Southwestern Child Development Commission will close ALL operations in the following far western North Carolina counties after 50 years of service: Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, and Jackson Counties

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