Grant opens space for child care at little or no cost to parents

Grant opens space for child care at little or no cost to parents

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Space is available for child care at little or no cost at a facility in Jonesboro.

The Arkansas State Child Development, Research and Pre-K Center on the Arkansas State University campus has openings thanks to a grant.

The High Quality Preschool Program grant allows the center to offer educational care for families that qualify.

The grant includes money for low student-to-teacher ratios, professional development, developmental screening and child assessment.

Free dental screenings were the focus Thursday at the center.

There are a number of available spaces open for children, newborn to 4 years old.

Tonya Hottel, family service worker, wants the public to know their services are not just for students or faculty at A-State.

"We are open to everyone in Craighead County," Hottel said. "Our facility is located at 504 Robinson."

Hottel said the grant allows them to offer free child care for those who meet the criteria along with private pay options.

The center is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. with a state-of-the-art safe room.

To find out if you qualify for an open spot, contact Hottel at 870-680-4887, Pam Powers at 870-680-8244 or stop by the facility on the Arkansas State University campus.

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