New Daycare center coming to Brookneal Library

The Learning Den daycare will be in the basement of the Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Brookneal (Photo: Whitney Burney)

BROOKNEAL, Va., (WSET)--- A daycare center will be opening at the Patrick Henry Memorial Library.

"There is a tremendous need. right now there is only one preschool for three days a week for three hours a day and just a hand full of in home daycares as well," said Dana Elder. Elder says she's been thinking about adding a daycare center in Brookneal for five years.

"It has been a passion of mine for years," she added.

Now her dream is finally coming to life. In just a few months Elder will open the Learning Den in the basement of the Patrick Henry Memorial Library. Elder says the daycare will be for children before and after school hours.

The Campbell County Board of Supervisors approved Elder's request to lease the Patrick Henry Library basement for her business on Tuesday, December 5th.

"I'm very excited," said Mike Davidson, economic developer for Campbell County."We're glad that there's another opportunity there to help strengthen education and the coaching growth processes in Brookneal elementary school."

Elder says she's just waiting for her license now. She says this process can take up to 60 days. If all goes well, Elder plans to open The Learning Den in early spring 2018.

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