2010-07-02 / Top Stories

Rockaway Child Day Care Centers Saved For One Year

By Miriam Rosenberg

With the adoption of the city’s 2011 budget, the fear that spread through two children’s day care centers in Rockaway has now been lifted. Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care Center on Redfern Avenue and Hammels- Arverne Day Care Center on Beach 87 Street, which were both threatened with closing earlier this year, have received reprieves from the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

“Both were restored and will operate for a year,” Laura Postiglione, a representative for ACS, told The Wave in an email.

Arlene Cauley, the director of Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care, said she was excited for her staff and the parents who send their children there but, since the notification was a verbal one, she is waiting to receive something in writing.

“I’m happy about the extension,” said Cauley, who added that she doesn’t know exactly what the extension entails since ACS hasn’t yet contacted the center’s board chair. “We’ll move on from there. I haven’t spoken with anybody from ACS.”

In February both centers received word that, as a result of the budget crunch, among the nine centers in the city that would be closing in June, Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care Center and Hammels-Arverne would be among them.

On Tuesday Postiglione said the reason these centers, 15 across the state, were targeted was that “they had high lease rates.”

Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care Center, which Cauley says serves 90 and is the largest day care center on the east end of Rockaway, opened in 1972. Hammels Arverne serves 55 children.

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