Day Care Center for HIV-Positive Children in Texas Closes Because of Lack of Need
A day care center for HIV-positive children run by Catholic Charities in Fort Worth, Texas, closed on Tuesday because it is no longer needed, the Dallas Morning News reports. The last HIV-positive child enrolled at the Anne Simon Reeves Children Center left to begin kindergarten this year and no other children were waiting to take her place. "[W]e are closing our doors for a really, really good reason," Francesca Pinto, the center's director, said. Dania Lee, a spokesperson for the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, said a sister program has done so well at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission that there is no need to continue running the day care (Mosier, Dallas Morning News, 10/26). The center opened in 1991 and enrolled several hundred children, some of whom did not live to reach kindergarten (AP/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/26).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.