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The Pasco Child Development Center Expands to offer more services to families of migrant workers

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With more migrant workers coming into the area more services are needed for their families so the Pasco Child Development Center will be expanding.

Expanding the center will allow more children of migrant workers to get the proper education needed to start kindergarten.

With the agriculture industry continuing to grow an expansion was much needed so that they could get the kids on the waiting list into the classrooms.

The new building will be built in the field next to the current center.

Carlos M. Diaz, CEO of the Washington State Migrant Council says everybody is really excited, they've waited for this for a long time.

The expansion is funded through federal grants. Students broke ground Monday for their new building which will give them 2 more classrooms and 3,600 more square feet to learn in and get them ready for the public school system.

Diaz says they get a lot of positive feedback from the schools our kids are sent to from our center and they are pretty much in tune with the curriculum when they enter school.

The center will be able to hold 200 students when the expansion is finished in February, and with the extra room more family services will be offered as well.

Rudy Mendoza, The Chairman of the Board for the Washington State Migrant Council says they will also offer citizenship services that will provide classes to learn English and civic classes for those interested in looking to become citizens.

The center acts as a support system to the families of migrant workers with 90% of the students coming from families in the agriculture industry.

Mendoza says they will be able to give those children and those types of family that need the services of early childhood development the opportunity to have this education and be contributing members of society in the future.

February 28th is the scheduled completion date for the new section of the building.