Anchorage children's agency reopens after financial crisis

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A scaled-down version of the Anchorage Center for Families has reopened, following a financial crisis last month.

The child-abuse prevention agency said Friday that most of its programs will be operating again by Monday.

Kristi Holta, an agency official, said the center has cut a few programs and consolidated others to save money. It also laid off 24 of 100 employees, she said.

The center, which serves about 4,000 children each year, benefited from grants from state agencies and from United Way of Anchorage and $60,000 in revenues from a recent auction.

The center will keep one of two crisis nurseries open, serving 15 children daily. The preschool for severely emotionally disturbed children will now serve 14 children instead of 28.

The center, which has an annual budget of nearly $4 million, will be operating at about 75-80 percent of its former capacity, Holta said.

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