2002-07-04 / Other News

Ground Broken For New Head Start Child Care Center

Ground is already broken for huge Yeled V'Yalda Center located on Farragut Road at Ralph Avenue.                                        Charles RogersGround is already broken for huge Yeled V'Yalda Center located on Farragut Road at Ralph Avenue. Charles Rogers

Yeled V'Yalda, the largest Head Start provider in Brooklyn and Staten Island, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Child Care Community Center Annex being constructed at 6012 Far-ragut Road in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 26. The New York City Adminis-tration for Children's Services/Head Start and the Federal Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services provided $1.4 million in grants for the construction of the project. Citibank's Cen-ter for Community Development Enter-prise (CCDE) provided a $3.5 million construction loan for the project, and also sponsored the ceremony. CCDE also will be providing the permanent loan when construction on the project is complete.

"In today's world, children and fa-milies need more comprehensive services and working parents need accessibility to these services," said Solomon Igel, CEO of Yeled V'Yalda. "Our goal is to provide seamless services to families under one network in order to foster the proper development to the child and provide to families all the support services necessary to achieve this goal. In the aftermath of 9/11 and with the new economic realities, it is especially important to have a partnership with financial institutions such as Citibank's CCDE."

"We are committed to making every community where we have operations better because we are there," said Ro-salind Goldman, Vice President and Re-lationship Manager at Citibank's CCDE. "In support of this commitment, we are especially pleased to support Yeled V'Yalda in this very important expansion project that will benefit so many children and their families."

The new annex will provide for an expansion of eight additional classrooms to serve a total of 240 children, on Federally-funded Early Head Start classroom, two Federal Head Start class-rooms, and five Head Start classrooms. These individual classrooms will be fund-ed by the City of New York with The New York State Office

of Children and Family Services providing a Day Care Start-Up grant for equipment and supplies. In addition to comprehensive Head Start Services,

the annex will also provide special edu-cation services to preschool children with disabilities, a community health center, and community meeting rooms for varied parent involvement programs and activities. This annex will provide additional employment to approximate-ly 50 people.

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