Sunday, February 13, 2011

march 7th meeting --help the lois Bronz Children's Center

Dear Parents and Concerned Members of our Community:

After all the speculation and rumors, we, the Board of Directors, would like to inform you that the Lois Bronz Children’s Center has no intention of closing. Facing challenging economic times, we find ourselves in the same situation as many businesses across America, struggling to make ends meet. However, LBCC isn’t like most businesses. We provide vital services upon which hundreds of children and families depend every year. Our board and staff take this responsibility seriously and remain committed to caring for your children.

To address the financial pressure, we have made major adjustments to the way we operate. We have taken many cost cutting measures in our back office operations and business processes. These measures were planned and implemented very carefully so that they would not affect the availability or the quality of your children’s early childhood education.

For over 45 years, LBCC has been there for our parents who depend on us to take care of their children so that they can go to work. We are grateful for the support we have received over these four decades from Federal, State and County governments, WestCOP, corporations and other generous foundations and individuals. Yet now, many of these organizations and individuals are facing their own fiscal crises. It's important to remember, that as a private not-for-profit facility - not a public institution - we rely heavily on financial donations and we have been actively seeking funds from new corporations, individuals and foundations

Now we turn to you for ideas to raise money. It is the time for our community to come together to demonstrate its commitment to quality early childhood education in our own back yard.

On March 7th, Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner will host an indoor rally for parents and concerned community members. We urge you to attend and invite family and friends who can help support LBCC.

We look forward to seeing you on March 7th at 6:30 pm at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue. Please bring your ideas and donations!

Sincerely yours,

LBCC Board of Directors


Fed Up With Feiner said...

There needs to be new leadership at LBCC. The current board has driven this wonderful center right into the ground. Little has been done to raise funds with most of their energy being directed at power plays on their board. The leadersip on this board is divisive - they have removed members from their board who had proven track records of bringing in and raising funds. I think the two top honchos on the board need to step down and walk away in order for the center to succeed. Don't throw good money after bad until they show some good faith - they've cut their back office staff to the point that there are no employees left who know and understand day care regulations. They stopped doing the annual phon-a-thon fundraiser because it was too much work for them. They moved instead to a high priced annual dinner gala which eliminated the very community they serve. This center was renamed to honor a pioneer of affordable early childhood daycare...a program that gave these children the opportunity to be "classroom" ready. Now they are nothing more than a glorified babysitting service. The President and Chairperson of the board of directors need to step down and a new board needs to come in. Shame on them for tarnishing the reputation of this community institution!