DOYLESTOWN >> State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) has secured $ 2 million in state grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Program (RACP) to help rebuild Children’s Village, a daycare center located on the Doylestown Hospital campus. The Children’s Village was irreparably damaged on August 4, 2020 when an EF2 tornado hit Doylestown.
“I would like to thank Governor Wolf for accepting my request to devote RACP funds to the reconstruction of a significant portion of the Doylestown Hospital campus which was devastated when a severe tornado struck in the middle of the day with the center full of children and staff. ” said Senator Santarsiero. “We were so lucky that there were no serious injuries to the children or the staff at the center thanks to the heroism of everyone who helped evacuate the building. The Center Reconstruction Project will serve to strengthen both the Doylestown Hospital campus and our community.
The project will build a new multi-purpose facility for the children’s village day care center on the site of the old center. Covering an area of approximately 42,000 square feet, there will be rooms for infants to kindergartens, a multi-purpose area, library, play area and outdoor learning space, as well. than a secure entrance to the center.
Senator Santarsiero continued, “The earlier children are exposed to early learning and education, the brighter the potential for their future outcomes. The services provided to the Children’s Village extend well beyond the Doylestown Hospital Campus, benefiting the children of hospital employees and our extended families in Doylestown.
“Doylestown Health is honored to receive $ 2 million from the Pennsylvania Capital Redevelopment Assistance Program,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health. “This significant funding will allow us to rebuild the Children’s Village and renew our commitment to serving families in our community, as we have done since our founding by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. We would like to thank Senator Santarsiero and the Governor’s Office for their support of this important, momentous initiative and for empowering Doylestown Health to rebuild our early childhood education center to serve the children of this community.
RACP is a Commonwealth Grant program administered by the Bureau of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are publicly funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other government programs.
Doylestown Hospital is scheduled to clear the way for the Children’s Village on Saturday, December 4.
To learn more about RACP projects and grants, visit the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget website.