Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Department of the Army is giving the West Virginia National Guard $4 million to build a child development center in Charleston.
U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd said the 8,700-square-foot facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 children when it opens next year.
The center will be built at the guard's headquarters complex.
West Virginia Adjutant General Alan Tackett says onsite day care is becoming increasingly important to military families.
Byrd says the West Virginia center is the first of two the Department of the Army is building as part of a directive from Congress to build centers across the county.
The other will be built at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
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