Two new child-development centers to be constructed

Almost as many children are on the waiting list as there are slots, so a new child care center is needed at Fort Gordon.

"We will have two new child-development centers," said James Green, the director of Fort Gordon's Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which operates the 198-slot child care center on post. It has a waiting list of about 130 children.

Construction on the new centers should begin in the next three months.

One of the new centers will have space for 135 children, and the other will have room for 144. Both will attempt to meet the stringent requirements for national certification once they are operational, said Mary Crowder, the chief of Fort Gordon's Child and Youth Services.

One center will be near the Gordon Club on 19th Street, and the other will be built near the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Young children might not be the only ones to benefit from the new centers. There are plans on the table for a new youth services center for children in sixth through 12th grades.

"It would have basketball courts, a homework lab, arts and crafts room, video tech area," said Ms. Crowder.

A time line on the youth center would be developed after funding is approved, said Mr. Green.

"I'm 99.9 percent confident it's going to happen," he said.

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