Friday, August 14, 2015, was the final day for childcare services provided by Arc’s Uptown Learning Center. The center moved through numerous changes during the course of its forty years tenure and had evolved into a typical day care program providing services to children with and without developmental delays and disabilities. In fact, as we proceeded through the final years of operation, the overwhelming majority of children were those without delays. This was our mission and goal when we embarked on changes to our system almost twenty years ago.
At the time that the decision was made to close the center there were also financial and lease concerns and considerations, but in the end we are pleased to see all children in typical settings with other children. This represents a core value of Arc and is promoted in all other Arc services through all age groups. Of course we are sad to see our children, families and teachers leave us, but we also feel assured that they all left with a strong foundation that will continue to have a positive influence on each of them.
Our Family Service Coordination unit will continue to occupy one section of the Nashville Avenue building and we are now working with our contractor and others towards converting the remainder of the building for occupancy by our Uptown Individual Options adult participants.