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September 18, 2007 > New Haven Unified receives childcare grant

New Haven Unified receives childcare grant

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

The New Haven Unified School District and Kidango, the nonprofit organization that provides early childhood care at District schools, will receive nearly half-a-million dollars in state construction funding for a new childcare facility being built on the campus of James Logan High School.

Construction workers are expected to begin pouring the foundation Monday for the $1.6 million facility being built on Syracuse Avenue, near the swim center and tennis complex, across H Street from high school*s main campus. The center will provide childcare services for Logan students who have infants and toddlers. It is expected to be completed in December.

New Haven Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said the childcare center is another example of the District's efforts to fulfill the wishes of the students, parents, teachers, classified employees, administrators and other community members who crafted the New Haven Strategic Plan during the 2005-06 school year. Providing "a safe, caring and more personal learning environment" is one of the five strategies called for in the Strategic Plan, the District's five-year guide to budgeting and decision-making.

"For students who have children, completing their education is critical. Without childcare, that would be impossible for many of those students," Dr. Jaurequi said.

The Superintendent thanked Chief Business Officer Carol Gregorich and Executive Director of Operations Enrique Palacios for their work in securing the state funding to help complete the project.

The State Allocation Board, the government agency responsible for allocating proceeds from bond issues approved by California voters, in August approved a joint-use agreement between the District and Kidango that will provide $483,322 in funds from Proposition 1D, an education facilities bond passed in November 2006.

The remainder of funds necessary to complete the center will come from Measure A, a $120 million bond approved by New Haven voters in 2003.

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