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April 21, 2010 > Expanded day care center approved for Kennedy Community Center

Expanded day care center approved for Kennedy Community Center

By Shavon Walker

Union City's City Council authorized the submission of a pre-school licensing application to the Community Care Licensing Division of the State of California Department of Social Services for a day-care program at Kennedy Community Center.

In April 2009, the city filed an application for a day-care center at Holly Community Center, similar to the one proposed for the Kennedy Center. In September 2009, the Holly Community Center Day Care Program opened with its first class of 19 children. The popular program soon had a waiting list of 36 children, proving the community has a need for quality day care in Union City.

The proposed program at the Kennedy Center will fulfill the community's need for safe, clean, licensed day care. Its focus will be on residents of the eastern portions of the city. Marissa Vera, Holly Center's Recreation Supervisor, has a proven background of management of such programs and successfully implemented the Leisure Services Day Care Program (DCP) in September 2009; she will oversee the rollout of the DCP at the Kennedy Center.

Initially, the program will open in September 2010 and serve 12 to 15 children. Enrollment, on a first-come-first-served basis, will be from a waiting list.

Once the application is approved, Kennedy Community Center will be subject to state inspection to ensure licensing and state requirements have been met. Staff is confident no major changes will be needed to meet these requirements. State approval is expected by August.

A $400 application filing fee will be paid by funds in the Fiscal Year 2008-09 Union City Leisure Services budget (Leisure Revolving Fund 2010). The DCP is expected to generate more than $125,000 annually and a 10-15 percent surplus if all slots are filled. All DCP revenues and expenses will accrue to the Leisure Revolving Fund (Fund 2010).

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