2012-12-28 / Top Stories

Weaver Day Care Searching For New Home

By Miriam Rosenberg

Arlene Cauley, the director of Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care in Redfern. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Arlene Cauley, the director of Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care in Redfern. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg For 40 years it has served the families of Far Rockaway. Although faced with numerous budget cuts during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure, it has survived.

But Superstorm Sandy just might mean the death knell for the Shelton R. Weaver Day Care Center in Redfern.

“The hurricane has devastated the building and the bottom of the day care center is totaled out,” said Arlene Cauley, Weaver’s director, at the 101 Precinct Community Council meeting on December 19.

The current plan is for the day care to move to its sister center, which is more than 40 blocks from where it is now on Redfern Avenue. Cauley would prefer a location close to the original so the day care center could continue to serve the parents and children in the area. She is asking for the community to help find the day care a home either short or long-term.

“We do need a building, a location for us to go,” said Cauley.

Sheldon R. Weaver Day Care is the largest day care on the east end of the peninsula.

It serves 95 children, and would need a place that is large enough for five classrooms. Cauley is hoping to find a place on Mott Avenue or somewhere nearby.

“I’m trying to just make sure that parents wouldn’t have to travel so far to get to [the new location],” Cauley explained.

Cauley asks that if anyone knows of a location that fits the center’s needs to get in touch with her at 718-473-2987.

“We’re not serving children at this point in time, but we need to service the kids. That’s why we’re moving,” said Cauley. “But it would be very helpful if children did not have to travel so far. We need a place close to where we were.”

The Sheldon Weaver Day Care has 18 people on staff and has been operating since the early 1970’s.

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