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HCC to add on-campus childcare

Dec 12, 2023 02:33PM ● By WNC Business

The Dogwood Health Trust recently awarded a $500,000 grant to support the Regional Center for the Advancement of Children located on the Haywood Community College campus. Open to the community, this center provides five-star childcare to the youngest students on campus.

This grant will support operations of the facility including hiring four additional full-time staff members, purchasing supplies needed for the center, improving collaboration between the RCAC and the college’s Early Childhood Education program, and increasing the number of staff receiving ECE teaching credentials.

The center is the region's only state-of-the-art early childcare laboratory, with classrooms and observation rooms for early childcare students and faculty to teach and learn. Funding from the Dogwood grant will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for faculty in our Early Childhood Education program.

With the additional staffing, this grant funding will help the center reach full capacity by the end of the grant cycle. The Regional Center for the Advancement of Children is positioned to provide ongoing childcare for the families in our community through the on-site facility while also helping the rest of the region fill workforce needs and early childhood professional gaps through comprehensive training.

Job applications are now being accepted for teachers at the Regional Center for the Advancement of Children and can be found at:

About Haywood Community College:
Haywood Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission of serving the educational needs and economic growth of the community by promoting lifelong student learning and success. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. 

About Dogwood Health Trust:
Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina, with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and well-being. With a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness, Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn, and thrive with dignity and opportunity for all, with no exceptions. To learn more, please visit  

Source: Haywood Community College