Sitka, AK, Sep 21, 2011 -- USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman and USDA-Rural Development Southeast Area Manager Keith Perkins toured the Sheldon Jackson Child Care Center, Inc. in Sitka today. They announced the Center has been awarded a Community Facility Program grant of $17,287 to purchase much needed equipment for their facility.
“The Sheldon Jackson Child Care Center is a non-profit daycare operation which operates exceptionally well due to its experienced and dedicated staff, and the broad public support it enjoys. Rural Development is pleased to continue its partnership with this much needed daycare facility through helping them purchase activity equipment for the children who attend the Center,” said Perkins.
Rural Development financed the original daycare construction in partnership with the now closed Sheldon Jackson College, and remains committed to ensure continuity of daycare service to the Sitka community.
Since the closure of the college, Rural Development remains committed to helping the community see positive activity and preserving the legacy of this historic college campus. The agency has invested funds in Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services for the purchase of infrastructure, and will work with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Inc. to preserve the use of the Rasmuson Student Center for community-based services as well as continuing to invest in the Sheldon Jackson Child Care Center.
This investment, totaling $4.3 million in infrastructure, is well used by the community through these organizations. USDA-Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund said, “We remain committed to supporting the efforts of the community to revitalize and preserve the historic Sheldon Jackson college campus and help Sitkans make it a vibrant part of the community and economic development engine of Sitka.”