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Greenfield Slams Bloomberg Administration Over Daycare Closure Plans

Mayor Bloomberg plans to eliminate 5,000 spots for after-schools programs and move an additional 10,500 similar slots for low-income children from local community programs to the Department of Youth and Community Development’s cheaper Out-of-School Time program.

Those “draconian” cuts will leave thousands of kids with no place to go when the exit bell rings, city lawmakers contend.

“The administration should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t care about child care,” fumed Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield at the heated hearing. He and other lawmakers argue it will be impossible for many parents to transfer their children to the DYCD centers, which are located further from local community day care providers.

In all, DYCD is scheduled to eliminate 28 percent of its youth and summer job programs, from approximately 195,000 spots in 2010 to 140,000 this fiscal year. That includes 28,000 spots from its school-based community center Beacon program.

The cuts would save the city an estimated $6.1 million this year. Last year, funding was restored for the majority of after-school spots by the City Council as part of a last-minute budget deal.

(Source: NY Daily News)

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  1. Greenfield. What are you worried so much about day care and youth programs for goyim? Focus your energies on obtaining a modest separate beach for orthodox jews to cool off this summer in the 95 degree weather. Jewish children need it also. Tell me, have you done anything in this regard?

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