Our childrens of Tremont Monterey FDC, Inc. (Family Day Care Network)
Located 115 Henwood Place 2nd floor Bronx, NY. 10453.
Tremont-Monterey Family Day Care Network (TMFDC) has been in existence since March 1, 1971. On February 24, 2011 our FDC program moved from 300 E. 175th Street to 115 Henwood Place 2nd fl. Bronx, N.Y. 10453, where we remodeled 2nd floor to house our staff and state-of-the-art Training facilities for our Providers, in total cost of over $200,000 financed in half by a loan from JP Morgan Chase. Our program consists of 6 staff members, 38 providers, 5 volunteered community Board members, and Board's fiscal consultant. TMFDC is a very strong and well operated program including all state-of-the-art computer technologies.
We initially have an ACS /ACD program sponsoring 38 licensed providers caring for 162 children funded by NYC/ACS in total budget of $1,330,000. In addition, we are sponsoring more than 500 providers caring for more than 5,000 children throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens for nutrition. This program is funded by DOH/Child and Adult Care Food Program (Approx. five million dollars).
Our program has been audited /assessed annually and always receiving a score of EXCELLENCE.
In May 2011, NYC solicited RFP for EarlyLearn. We submitted on time well written RFP reflecting our outstanding service to the community for over forty years in service. Unfortunately, we received a letter on May 4, 2012 from NYC/ACS informing us that our Family Day Care Network program was not recommended for the new EarlyLearn contract; currently we are fully enrolled and have a long waiting list. We feel that this decision to eliminate TMFDC program is unjust and unfair to our staff, providers, children and parents, moreover, a program that is excellent and has been in operations for over forty years.
We appreciate your support to return this valuable service to our hand to continue serving our community.
Our program is being threatened by your early Learn NYC program which will eliminate 10,000 children from needed child care, including many in my neighborhood. Today more families need subsidized child care not less; I need to have safe, quality and affordable care for my child.
I am opposed to your proposal that will eliminate care from so-called non-targeted neighborhoods or neighborhoods where expensive condominiums are being built near public housing, because working families live in a neighborhood that the rich are moving in does not eliminate our need for child care.
Do not force centers, my child’s center to pay for the right to provide center-based care. Charging community-based organizations nearly seven percent to hold a child care contract is wrong. These organizations do not have the money to pay.
Your plan does not consider what happens to families after their child care center closes. I do not want to be unemployed or underemployed because I cannot find quality child care. I cannot afford to pay more money to a for-profit center nor can my child afford unsafe child care.
Your EarlyLearn NYC program is bad for families and bad for the city. Your administration needs to rethink its plan and how it affects my child’s education, my ability to be a good parent, and my family
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