2009-04-03 / Community

Sanders To Host Meeting On Day Care Centers

Councilman James Sanders Jr. and the Ad-Hoc Committee to save Day Care Centers in Rockaway will host an emergency meeting on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., at the Goldie Maple Academy, located at 365 Beach 57 Street.

Recently, day care providers in Rockaway contacted Councilman Sanders to voice their concern that the cuts to the program proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg will cause hardship on parents seeking childcare. Nearly one hundred teachers are facing unemployment.

Furthermore, many parents will have to sacrifice their jobs to ensure their children will have someone there to babysit them when they arrive and depart to get to work, Sanders says. "We shouldn't let these budget cuts drive our children out of one nurturing environment and drive them into an overcrowded one.

These budget cuts will result in the loss of over one hundred jobs," said Sanders. "We are obligated, as a community, and as elected officials to protect the well being of our children; and jobs for our constituents."

"These cuts will have a negative impact on the daycare centers across the peninsula," stated Elaine Short of Lucille Rose Daycare Center.

"We are asking support from all elected officials [and the community] in this effort to keep five year-olds in the daycare centers."

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