Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
City to Close 16 Daycare Programs
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
New York, NY –
This July the city plans to close 16 daycare programs in leased properties where it says rents are too high. The move is supposed to save $16 million by 2012, but parents and daycare workers are fuming.
Latisha Melvin, is the parent of a 2-year-old boy and works two jobs. She relies on her daycare in Jamaica, Queens and says it's tough to find good daycare in her area. "I was on a list, we waited for at least a year. Finally, he got on and he's been there for months and he's been doing well. My hands would be tied if there was no place else for him to go," Melvin says.
The city's Administration for Children's Services oversees subsidized daycare and says the leases on the properties cost up to $400,000 annually. Nearly 800 children attend the programs and ACS says it will work with parents to find other slots for their kids.
Below is a full list of programs to be closed:
HAMMELS ARVERNE DCC-- 216 BEACH 87TH ST, Queens 11693 Capacity: 55
THE ORIGINALS OF JAMAICA DCC-- 108-10 SUTPHIN BLVD, QUEENS 11435 Capacity: 55
SHELDON R WEAVER DCC-- 12-79 REDFERN AVE., QUEENS 11691 Capacity: 90
PUERTO RICAN COUNCIL-- 180 SUFFOLK ST, MANHATTAN 10002 Capacity: 105
HARBOR MORNINGSIDE CHILDREN-- 311 W. 120TH STREET, MANHATTAN 10027 Capacity: 90
COURT STREET DAY CARE CENTER-- 292 COURT STREET, BROOKLYN 11231 Capacity: 50
FARRAGUT DAY CARE CENTER-- 104 GOLD STREET, BROOKLYN 11201 Capacity: 45
BETHEL BAPTIST DC + STRONG PLACE-- 242 HOYT STREET, BROOKLYN 11217 Capacity: 95
SALVATION ARMY FIESTA-- 80 LORRAINE STREET, BROOKLYN 11231 Capacity: 65
MARTHA UDELL-- 505 ST. MARKS AVE. BROOKLYN 11238 Capacity: 85
ALONZO DAUGHTRY #3-- 1005-07 BEDFORD AVE. BROOKLYN 11205 Capacity: 90
BBCS DUFFIELD CHILDREN'S CENTER--101 FLEET PLACE, BROOKLYN 11201 Capacity: 90
BEDFORD AVE DAY CARE CENTER-- 40 BREVOORT PLACE, BROOKLYN 11216 Capacity: 95
LA PUERTA ABIERTA CCC - PAL-- 2864 WEST 21ST STREET, BROOKLYN 11224 Capacity: 70
LEARNER'S HAVEN DCC-- 432 RUTLAND ROAD, BROOKLYN 11203 Capacity: 85