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New services, more space at Children's Village as expansion comes to a finish

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Children's Village is set to finish its expansion project next month but local families have started enjoying the improvements already available. 

"We're able to coordinate services and connect children and families with special needs to supportive services in a whole new fashion," said Diane Patterson, director of the village.

This year 20 percent more children are expected to participate in programs at the village and the current number will double by 2015.

One service that has seen its facilities increase twice in size is dental car.

Dr. Chris Chen is one of two pediatric dentists at the village working to improve the access to care for the local community.

"We try to provide a very children friendly environment here," said Chen. "We do our treatments very efficiently and at the same time we tailor each patient's treatment plan towards their medical plan and towards their needs. "

Local donors have largely funded the $8 million project. Many of them have given to the site since the village opened more than 10 years ago.

"Our community responding to unmet needs, to figuring out creative solutions and ways to enhance and provide positive outcomes for children."