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CRREL set to permanently close child care center in Hanover

Published: 6/5/2020 4:26:23 PM
Modified: 6/5/2020 4:26:10 PM

HANOVER — The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory plans to permanently close its child care center on Lyme Road in September, according to a Friday news release.

The CRREL child development center, which is operated by Cradle and Crayon under a contract, has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is slated to reopen in mid-July as part of the Department of Defense’s phased approach to reopening facilities, but then scheduled to permanently close after Sept. 15, the release said.

Leaders of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, which operates CRREL, decided to close the center due to projected budget shortages in 2021 and the overall, long-range viability of the program, the release said.

The closing affects 39 families and 52 children, about 40% of whom have connections to the Department of Defense. The others are members of the broader community, CRREL spokesman David Marquis said in a Friday email.

Cradle and Crayon has operated the center on CRREL’s campus since 1990, according to the center’s website. It serves children from 6 weeks of age through preschool.

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