Graceville Daycare Closing its Doors

By: Heather Waliga
By: Heather Waliga

Parents in Graceville haven't had many choices for childcare. Now they have one less option.

A daycare that has been renting space at the Graceville Civic Center for the last five years is closing its doors. Last year city officials informed the owner they wouldn't be renewing the daycare's lease. They said they wanted to use the facility for other things.

"I had several parents that weren't happy because there's not another facility in Graceville," said Kiddie Campus owner Judy Jeter.

The city agreed to let the daycare use the center through the end of the school year.

Jeter said she made several attempts to find a building that met licensing standards without requiring any major renovations, but she didn't have any luck.

In October 2005, the daycare received a final notice from the city.

Before closing the doors, Jeter says she was down to just 20 children, which is not enough to continue.

"To make it feasible to build or do new construction I would have needed more children," she said.

Jeter operates two other Kiddie Campus Daycares, one at Chipola Community College and one in Sneads. She plans to open a third center in Marianna by the beginning of next year. However, Graceville may no longer be in the cards.

The Graceville Civic Center is currently undergoing some renovation, which should be completed by January. The city plans to use the old daycare rooms as a water treatment training center.


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