Oneida Area Daycare Center may close

Facing $30,000 deficit

ONEIDA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Dozens of Central New York families may be without daycare by the end of the week as one of the few centers in the Oneida area may have to shut down.

Executive Director Lena Froio says the facility has 68 children, when their budget usually calls for 96, leaving the care center to face a $30,000 deficit.

"When some of the younger kids get ready to go to preschool, even though we have a preschool and pre-k program, the school district allows 3 and 4-year-olds in their program now...these kids needed to stay with us until they went to pre-k at 4 or 5," said Froio.

She says the center is going week to week, leaving her 27 employees and the kids' families in limbo.

"It's a lot of unknown and that's scary. You turn into a family here, it's close knit. I know my kids are cared for, my son begs to come on Saturday and Sunday," said Randi Gordon, parent of two.

Froio says she has reached out to politicians, hoping for guidance, as she is not sure where to turn next. She has a meeting scheduled with the City of Oneida's Mayor soon.

Froio says part of the issue is the facility's difficulty in finding grants. She says the building's multi-use as an after-school program, day care center, as well as a pre-k and kindergarten facility has made it tough.

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