Proposition 10 grants starting to roll to Tahoe |

Proposition 10 grants starting to roll to Tahoe

Jill Darby

Thanks to California’s nicotine addicts and the Children and Families Commission of El Dorado County, some South Shore agencies have the money needed to go forward with projects and maintain business security.

Proposition 10 grants were awarded to various South Lake Tahoe agencies which provide services for pregnant women or children from birth to age 5.

Sierra Recovery Center and Tahoe Parents Nursery School received mini grants for $6,000 and $21,000 respectively. Womenspace, which does business as the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, received a $120,000 grant each year for three years.

Lake Tahoe Community College, Tahoe Parents Nursery School, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and CASA El Dorado were awarded a collaborative grant for $250,000. The money will go to build a shared facility on the college campus. The building will be added on to the college’s Child Development Center.

Tahoe Parents Nursery School, which operates in the Heavenly Valley Seventh Adventist Church, has been looking for a new facility since last year when church officials announced their desire to reclaim the space used by the school.

“It looks like right now it will be about a year-and-half until the building is finished,” Tahoe Parents Nursery School Co-director Aileen Yure said. “That’s the process we’re in right now. We may be at Meyer’s Elementary School until the building is finished.”

When construction is completed, the nursery school plans to use the space in the morning Monday through Thursday. Yure said the idea is that the building will be available to Lake Tahoe Community College and CASA during afternoons, evenings and weekends.

“We have several benefits from the project,” College Vice President of Business Services Jon Stephens said. “One portion of the remodel would be to provide assessment space. The really obvious benefit for the college as a whole is it will provide additional classroom space when Tahoe Parents Nursery School isn’t using it. That means all day Friday and every hour after noon Monday through Thursday.”

Stephens said construction of the 1,500- to 2,000-square-foot building tentatively is scheduled to start in May 2002.

Tahoe Parents Nursery School plans to use its mini grant to build a playground at the school’s new location. Yure said she was pleased to receive both the collaborative grant and the mini grant.

“We really felt like we matched all the criteria the grant set up,” Yure said. “The community college was the lead agency on the collaborative grant. For just the nursery school, Jennifer David and I wrote one, a smaller grant for $21,000 for playground equipment.”

The Children and Families Commission of El Dorado County gave out approximately $1.5 million countywide in Proposition 10 grant monies, Commission Executive Director Steve Thaxton said.

“This is a really good opportunity for us to assist in new programing and services for young children,” Thaxton said.

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