Falls Church Child Center Out of Jeopardy

Easter Seals’ program for special needs children reaches deal on lease

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    Easter Seals and the Falls Church City Council reached a deal to keep a child care center for special needs children in operation for two more years.

    There’s relief for parents of special needs children in Falls Church, Va., where a child care center was in danger of closing.

    Easter Seals and the Falls Church City Council reached a deal Monday night to allow the Child Development Center to continue operating on the city-owned property for two more years.

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    A new lease extension will raise the rent from $30 a month to $3,000 a month.

    Falls Church had originally asked for a new lease at $120,000 a year. Easter Seals had said it could not afford to operate at that price.

    Parents with special needs children at the center were worried about finding other affordable care at such a short notice if the center had to close.