Western Carolina Community Action recently received a grant of $ 340,815 from the Dogwood Health Trust to help renovate and remodel the nearly 50-year-old Tebeau Children’s Center in Hendersonville.
Located on Tebeau Drive off 9th Avenue, the 3,400-square-foot daycare housed Stay n ‘Play, Lovin’ & Learnin ‘and Hendersonville School for Children, according to a press release.
WCCA purchased the aging center and surrounding property in late 2020 with the intention of renovating it to create a modern early childhood education center that would once again serve children and families in the community. The cost of the project is $ 1.69 million, according to WCCA.
CEO David White explained, “There is a great need for high quality early childhood education programs in Henderson County. Our Head Start, Early Head Start and NC Pre-K programs always have a long waiting list. It is very difficult to find commercial premises for childcare. By acquiring the Tebeau property and doing a renovation, we believe there is a real opportunity to invest in our children’s future while preserving a piece of our past.
The Hendersonville-based nonprofit secured bank funding and raised $ 1.628 million in public and private grants and donations to help save the Tebeau Children’s Center, according to WCCA.
“We are extremely grateful for this incredible gift from the Dogwood Health Trust,” said White. “Their support helps us get closer to the finish line and make this center a reality. Now we are turning to the community for help.
White encourages residents of Henderson County and those who want to give young children a head start in their education to visit WCCA.org or call 828-693-1711 to learn more about the project and help save the Tebeau Children’s Center by making a contribution.
This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Local nonprofit to renovate Tebeau children’s center in Hendersonville