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The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) announced June 5 that the child development center currently located at the laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire, is scheduled to permanently close Sept. 15.
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) leadership decided to close the center after assessing numerous considerations, including projected shortages in fiscal year 2021 appropriations dedicated to child youth programs and the overall, long-range viability of the program. The contract with the provider for the child development center is up for renewal at the end of the fiscal year. ERDC will not extend its contract with the care provider Cradle to Crayons.
The CRREL child development center has been closed since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The laboratory, in compliance with Department of Defense guidance, has implemented a phased approach to the reopening of its facilities. If conditions are met, which include a continued downward or flat trend in positive COVID-19 cases, no presumptive or positive COVID-19 cases for CRREL employees or contractors and compliance with guidance prescribed by federal, state and local partners, the day care center will temporarily reopen in mid July 2020 and will remain open through Sept 15, 2020.
Release no. 20-085