Save World of Wonders
Dear Concerned Citizens,
The Union County Commissioners and the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently made the decision to pursue the removal of World of Wonders (WOW) from the building at 1280 Charles Lane.
WOW’s facility at 1280 Charles Lane was built over 21 years ago, with private funds raised by WOW and a grant specifically designed to build WOW’s daycare center. During this time, the building has been fully occupied and maintained by WOW.
In June of 2016 the County Commissioners and the UCBDD, without a public meeting or referendum, sent notice to WOW that they must vacate the building. The UCBDD and the County Commissioners stated that they would work to find a way so that both WOW and the UCBDD would be able to provide continuous services to the families of Union County. The UCBDD and the County Commissioners also made numerous prior promises and assurances that, should WOW and the UCBDD separate, WOW would receive compensation for the significant equity that it put into the facility and WOW would be given the necessary resources to allow it to continue to thrive.
Unfortunately, these proved to be false promises. WOW has not been offered the resources that would allow it to stay in business. Instead, the UCBDD and the County Commissioners have communicated their intent to forcibly remove WOW from the facility that it built. This will result in the loss of important jobs in the community and over 115 children and 220 parents and caregivers will lose child care services.
We would like to see the children of Marysville being provided with a high quality, early education and care while their parents contribute to the economy by having gainful employment. I feel it is irresponsible for the County Commissioners and the UCBDD to aid in the shutdown of a necessary service being provided to the families of Union County.
We are asking you, as a concerned citizen, to aid us in our effort to support Marysville’s oldest non-profit childcare center. Please help us make sure that the children of Marysville are provided with a high quality, early education.
World of Wonders Board of Trustees &
Lauren Brown, Executive Director, World of Wonders