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.

    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.

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    A group of worried parents are heading to the Falls Church City Council to try to save a unique preschool program in their community, but the economy could force administrators to shut the doors for good.

    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.