April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Community center waiting on state inspection

By By Paul [email protected]

A state inspection that could allow the Community Center of Hope to accept supplemental vouchers for preschool age students will have to happen by the end of the month, when the facility's daycare license expires.

Local officials originally expected that inspection last month.

"We know it will happen soon," facility Director Chelsea Warriner said. "It's just a matter of when the state can get here."

The Community Center's board of directors began exploring the possibility of accreditation to subsidize the education and childcare of 10 to 14 additional preschoolers, bumping enrollment to around 30 in that age group.

Improvements to help secure accreditation have included updated restrooms, an additional classroom exit, regulation-height furnishings to better accommodate users, the creation of a glass wall to separate the childcare facility from the food pantry, and an updated playground that has a specific layering and combination of rubber, mulch and dirt.

A new classroom already is being created to handle the expanded population.[[In-content Ad]]