By Kismet Barksdale
November 16, 2010
Day Care Employees Local 205 and District Council 1707 AFSCME invite you to join them on Wednesday December 8 as they march from Battery Park to City Hall with parents, labor, legislators and advocates to save the 16 centers the Bloomberg Administration has threatened to close in 2011.
If their plans succeed, a total of 53 centers will have been closed by this administration, the largest number of centers closed by any mayoral administration in thirty years.
It is difficult save public center-based day care in the communities of need in the five boroughs when the Bloomberg Administration does not listen to the anxieties of working parents and other concerned constituencies. The administration is steadily closing centers and eliminating precious slots even though funding is available.
New York City has the most efficient and comprehensive public center-based day care system in the nation. But even with $58 million in funding from President Obama’s stimulus package for the past two years and nearly $27 million from the New York City Council, the administration ignores the pleas of working families and slashes programs with no regard of its effect on the budgets of parents or community stability.
Please join them on Wednesday December 8. The assembly time for the march is 9 AM at the north end of the park and the kick-off time is 10 AM to rally at City Hall Park at 10:30 AM with parents, day care workers and elected officials.
The march assembly point is convenient to the 4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green or the R & W trains to Whitehall S. Ferry or the #1 train to South Ferry. If you can’t join us for the march from Battery Park, join us at City Hall Park on the Broadway side.
If you have any questions, please contact G.L. Tyler at 917-281-5040.
To RSVP please call Maria Allicock at 917-281-5052.