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Presbyterian Community Center to close leaving gaps in daycare

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A community center in the Smoketown neighborhood closed its doors three months ago, in hopes of raising enough money to reopen.

The Presbyterian Community Center fell short of its goal. At the end of the month its closing its doors for good, along with the child development center.

PCC and its day care center have been in our community for 115 years.

"It's a journey, but it's a pleasant one. I've seen children come in here and blossom, I've had parents who were preschoolers when I started who came in with their own children," said Gail Harwell, Director of Childcare

The center is closing on December 31st. Parents are forced to find a new place for their children.

"I was stunned of course, my daughter is well received here she really likes it and she looks forward to coming to daycare," said Travis Darby, who has a daughter at the daycare.

The child development runs on about $600,000 a year. A large part of the center's financial trouble stems from the demolition of the Sheppard Square housing project, and the loss of hundreds of neighbors.

Grover Potts, PCC's Chairman, said, "We simply didn't have other funds to match that, the child development center had been running at about 80,000 dollar deficit each year."

PCC has made an impact on countless lives in this community, making it difficult to let go.

"I'm kind holding out hope here, maybe people will step up and things will happen and god will bless the situation and will save it for the kids and parents who need the place," said Darby.

PCDC is working with families to place the children in new daycare centers. They are also helping staff members find new jobs.

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