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Daycare Closes

Some Buncombe County parents scramble to make other arrangements after their daycare center closes without warning. They showed up at The Empowered Child in back of Ashevilles Westgate Shopping Center Wednesday morning to drop off their kids, only to find a "closed" sign.

Parents say it came as a surprise forcing them to re-arrange their days and to find other places to care for their children.

Shannon Hance says, Well it's a pain because there's going to be a ton of kids looking for day care and all the spots are full right now. So there's a waiting list for everywhere.

The owner of the Westgate Shopping Center says the closing comes as a surprise to them as well, understanding The Empowered Child was going to continue operations there. Theres no comment from the center's owner Lisa Mangiardi but the Department of Health and Human Services says it appears she just decided to shut the center down.   It says parents using a subsidy can go to Buncombe County DSS to be referred to another day care. If they pay privately, they can go to Smart Start of Buncombe County.

Parents can click here and go on the Parents tab for specific information regarding child care.

By Rex Hodge


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