Child care program reopens at The Nest

An anonymous $80,000 donation has helped The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families child-care program reopen.

The Lexington non-profit had a projected $132,000 deficit when it closed last July, but a major reorganization has put the day care back in business.

In addition to hiring almost an entirely new staff, executive director Ginny Ann Blackson, who started her job in October, said she spent months improving the bottom line.

The child-care program, which served nearly 700 kids in its last full year of operation, was entirely dependent on about $120,000 annually from the United Way of the Bluegrass.

The day care will now seek other forms of funding, including state child-care subsidies and a sliding scale for parents who can afford to pay.

The anonymous gift, given by a donor who "recognized the importance of the kind of services we provide," will be used to subsidize the child-care program over the next 21/2 years, she said.

The center is licensed to care for 40 children. About half of those slots are reserved for respite care, perhaps for a stressed parent who needs a break or to supporting a woman who needs child care during the day so she can attend job training.

The child-care program has been operating for about three weeks, but the non-profit held an official reopening ceremony Tuesday.

The Nest, 530 North Limestone, had continued to offer crisis case management, domestic-violence counseling and other family services after the child-care program closed.

For information, call (859) 259-1974.