Early childhood center in Lincoln Co. to open new facility three years after fire

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A preschool program will celebrate a new beginning with the opening of a new facility.

The director of the entire Early Childhood Center in Lincoln County says the facility provides essential elements crucial for learning for children ages six months to 4 years.

A fire in August 2014 destroyed the entire facility and part of the Lincoln County Board of Education building.

“When the fire happened, we were ready to start. School was to start for these children the very next day,” said Christine Killen. “And everything was destroyed. We lost everything.”

Officials had to start over, using different facilities to carry out business over the years.

“Before the fire, we were kind of spread out. It was inconvenient because the children had to climb stairs go to the indoor playground, eat in the cafeteria,” Killen described.

On Tuesday night, officials will cut the ribbon on a new facility for the Early Childhood Center. The new center offers a play area, classrooms, meeting area, and even a nursery.

“The children were so excited. The first day they came in, they were just trembling because they were going in classrooms that were modular units.”

The open house is from 5 to 7 Tuesday evening at the center which is attached to Stanford Elementary on Danville Street. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 5:30 and is open to the public.

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