UPDATE: Parents Receive Letter that says Daycare will Remain Open

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/27/14 @ 6:00 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ.com has obtained a letter from Kanawha County Schools Thursday saying they have decided to keep the West Virginia Public Employees Daycare in Charleston open.

Parents will have to pay the current rates until June 27. After that rates for infants will go up to $165 a week. Rates for two and three year olds will go up to $155 a week.

The Elk Center Elementary and Shawnee Daycares were also set to close. There is no word on their future.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/24/14 @ 10 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some parents met Monday with West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler and a representative from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office regarding three daycares in jeopardy of closing in Kanawha County.

WSAZ.com reported last week that the West Virginia Public Employees, Elk Center Elementary and Shawnee daycares would close.

Six parents from the Public Employees Daycare met with the state officials. That daycare is run through Kanawha County, but is a state-owned building.

Nick Scott, one of the parents we spoke with, said they discussed an option of a state takeover of that particular day care.

"Would it be feasible, could it be possible, could we bring these employees on as state employees, offer them PEIA?" said Scott, a radio personality with Electric 102.7. "That would eliminate any ACA issues and then it would be a state daycare, a fully functioning state daycare, which they are not far off from that now."

Meanwhile, other ideas have included hiking tuition to keep the doors open at all three daycares. Another meeting is set for Thursday.

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