The Arc of Evansville to close its Child Life Center

The Arc of Evansville to close its Child Life Center

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Arc of Evansville executive leadership and the Board of Directors have decided to close its Child Life Center, according to a press release.

Officials said the last day will be October 25th and will close after 5:30 p.m.

The Arc of Evansville said families and staff members of the center were informed of this decision late in the day Monday.

The Arc of Evansville’s Child Life Center (CLC) opened in 1993 with the goal of providing a learning space for children with and without disabilities.

“We felt that we had achieved a significant goal in changing the childcare landscape here in Evansville, and it was time to devote those resources to individuals specifically with severe disabilities," Board of Directors Chairman Joe Langerak said.

Arc officials say they’ve promoted that mission of inclusion to other childcare centers in the area.

We’re told they decided to close to focus on other areas such as helping the development and intellectual disability community find employment.

“It has a lot of meaning to me and if we could have done anything to keep with our mission of serving individuals with disabilities and at the same time keep the Child Life Center open, we would," Langerak said.

The closure impacts 26 staff members. Langerak said they will be able to apply for any open positions with the agency, plus retention bonuses have been offered to employees who remain with CLC until its closing in October.

Officials say they’re helping families find other childcare.

The State of Indiana does provide resources to help find childcare. You can complete a brief survey, including your child’s age and when you need the care. It matches you to daycare centers in the are.

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