- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Children whose families are staying at or receiving services from a Topeka homeless shelter have a place of their own.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2if9p4R ) reports that ribbon was cut Wednesday on the Children’s Palace, which it is part of the Topeka Rescue Mission complex.

Rescue Mission executive director Barry Feaker says the 18,000-square-foot facility will provide a place for the youngest of homeless children to get age-appropriate development and early education services to prepare them for kindergarten.

The colorful building has the capacity for 60 children, age birth to five years of age. There will be an additional 64 slots available after the first year.

Feaker says the average stay at the Rescue Mission for families with children in that age range is about four and a half months.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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