Advocates rally to keep day care cubbyholes full

Parents rallied Thursday on the steps of City Hall to call for a moratorium on the closure of city-run day cares.They chanted "Save our day

CITY HALL - Parents rallied Thursday on the steps of City Hall to call for a moratorium on the closure of city-run day cares.

They chanted "Save our day cares" and waived homemade signs. Advocates claim 17 centers have closed under the Bloomberg administration, leaving parents with fewer child care options and staff out of work. The city cited mismanagement or low enrollment in those closures.

Following the rally, Councilman Bill de Blasio and other council members planned to grill Administration for Children's Services Commissioner John Mattingly at a General Welfare Committee hearing. The agency runs the day care program.De Blasio has questioned ACS' new initiative, Project Full Enrollment, which aims to close day care centers with low enrollment. Project Full Enrollment also calls for funds to be allocated to child care centers based on enrollment, rather than overall capacity.

ACS has argued that closing centers with low enrollment will better serve the community by allowing funds to be directed to centers with more children in attendance.

According to the councilman, current recordkeeping methods don't reflect the number of children actually enrolled in programs. De Blasio wants ACS to create a detailed procedure that spells out what steps will be taken before a center is closed.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Discovery of human remains in freezer shocks 1 VIDEO: Discovery of human remains in freezer shocks neighbors
Chopper 12 over Belt Parkway brush fire 2 Chopper 12 over Belt Parkway brush fire
Here is the latest weather forecast in your 3 Brooklyn Weather Forecast
Police say a man robbed a medical supply 4 Police: Man beat employees during Brownsville robbery
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams hosted the 4th 5 Black History month celebration held at Brooklyn Borough Hall

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE