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August 6, 2013 > Parents and City join to save child care services

Parents and City join to save child care services

Submitted By Cheryl Galvez

The Newark Recreation & Community Services Child Care Program began 24 years ago with a vision to provide 3-5 year olds a superb start to their academic years while offering working parents a reasonably priced full time licensed child care with the added benefit of kindergarten preparation.

Since the program's inception, the community has benefited greatly from the efforts of the dedicated child care staff. Parents of the program's alumni attribute their children's ongoing academic success to the safe, happy learning environment the Newark Recreation & Community Services Child Care Center provides. Parent Becky Tigri states "The children who graduate from this school are very prepared for kindergarten, my son (now a 2nd grader) is excelling in school, and it is all thanks to the foundation he learned at this school!"

Over the past several years due to the downturn of the economy, the once "full with a wait list" program is now struggling to maintain their enrollment. For this reason, the City of Newark briefly planned to close the beloved child care center until a passionate group of community members and parents of currently enrolled students and alumni encouraged the Newark City Council to give them an opportunity to work with staff and save this vital program.

The goal is to increase enrollment from the current just under 20 students to the full capacity of 48 students by fall of this year. The City of Newark Staff and Community need your help spreading the word about this excellent program. Together, we can save this treasured program.

The Newark Recreation & Community Services Child Care Program is located at the Newark Community Center, 35501 Cedar Blvd., Newark. Visit www.newark.org and search Child Care for complete information on the program. You may also contact Child Care Supervisor Maggie Ratcliffe at 510-578-4434 or email maggie.ratcliffe@newark.org for more information.

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