The Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority Joint Powers Board were informed at their meeting Tuesday morning that the Hand in Hand Early Childhood Education Center in Sheridan will close its doors Friday, June 3rd.
Sheridan Quality Child Care Initiative Chairman Paul Del Rossi issued a media release to the SEEDA Board that states that Hand in Hand was unable obtain sufficient tuition and grant support to be able to stay open, and that the recent embezzlement by a former employee played no role in SQCCI's decision to close the center.
SEEDA Chairman Dr. Paul Young, who's also the President for Sheridan College, says that the College will remain committed to the facility; however, their role and to what capacity is still undetermined.
Shifting gears to his role as SEEDA Chairman, Young stated that the building is looked at as a commodity and that it won't be left vacant.
The media release that was issued by Del Rossi also said that the tuition payments by parents for their children's care will be accounted for through June 3rd, and that the SQCCI Board would not comment beyond the media release on its decision to close the childcare center.
While Hand in Hand will close June 3rd to students, the official operations won't cease until Friday, June 17th.
The childcare center was open for only 19 months.