Jefferson City Day Care Offers Tax Credits for Donations

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Day Care Center (JCDCC) staff and volunteers hosted the 2014 kickoff of the Friends of Children Campaign Wednesday morning. 

JCDCC is a grass roots organization established in 1966 to serve low- and middle-income working families on a sliding fee scale. The mission of the center is to provide quality early childhood education services in a caring environment. The United Way agency is currently full with 95 children. After more than 40 years however, the building needs some work to accommodate all the children.   

The center's current "Friends of Children" campaign is a way to raise funds for the day care center's renovations through Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits provided by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Businesses or individuals are given a tax credit if they donate $1,000 or more to JCDCC. 

The campaign goal is $400,000. The Wednesday kickoff was a chance for the co-chairs of the campaign and the director of the day care center to announce how much they have raised thus far. As children played in the background, it was announced that the campaign has already raised around $135,000 and the kitchen has already been remodelled from donations.

"Their kitchen was in much need of remodelling and updating and just to provide the opportunity to be able to provide those meals," Linda McAnany, co-chair of the project, said. "That's so important when you stop and think that the children here are receiving quality education as well."

Other renovations will include:

  • A new roof
  • A new heating and cooling system
  • An upgraded sprinkler system
  • Four renovated classrooms
  • Other repairs and updates to the building

The donations for tax credits will be accepted until March 2016. The United Way said it hopes to finish the renovations in less than a year. 

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