Day­care to re­main open

Finds way to cope with fi­nan­cial chal­lenges

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF lj­grant@cb­post.com

Jewels and Gems Day Care copes with fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

The doors of the Jewels and Gems Day Care will re­main open.

A month af­ter an­nounc­ing they would be clos­ing and selling the build­ing in or­der to deal with a mount­ing deficit, of­fi­cials with the day­care have found a way to cope with their fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and will con­tinue to pro­vide care to Glace Bay area chil­dren.

Cass Roach, di­rec­tor of the day­care, said Tues­day that the non-profit day­care’s board of di­rec­tors sat down again in re­cent weeks in a last-ditch ef­fort to re­solve out­stand­ing is­sues and save the day­care.

Those ef­forts were suc­cess­ful.

“We have a plan in place,” said Roach, not­ing she is un­able to re­lease de­tails of the plan to deal with the deficit at this point.

She did note the board will be work­ing to es­tab­lish a new pol­icy when it comes to pay­ment plans for par­ents.

Roach said they were ex­cited to be able to tell par­ents that they would be re­main­ing open. “They’re ec­static,” she said. Li­censed to care for 60 chil­dren be­tween the ages of 18 months and five years, there’s cur­rently 35 chil­dren at­tend­ing the day­care. Roach said in­creas­ing their num­bers will be cru­cial over the com­ing months

“We need to be paid for 60 kids a day in or­der to run. We can’t run on 35, so get­ting full is another big is­sue,” she said, not­ing she’s con­fi­dent the num­bers will in­crease with the fall sea­son and given the re­newed aware­ness that spots are avail­able at the day­care.

“We have par­ents who are re­turn­ing and on Mon­day we had five new par­ents (ap­proach us),” she said, not­ing she was con­tin­u­ing to get calls Tues­day.

Roach said there’s cur­rently six staff em­ployed at the day­care, but when op­er­at­ing at peak ca­pac­ity the cen­tre em­ploys up to 12 peo­ple.

Roach said the staff and board of the day­care were re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port they re­ceived over the last month from par­ents and com- mu­nity mem­bers.

“Peo­ple had so many kind words,” she said. “The public is who pulls to­gether, the com­mu­nity pulls to­gether.”

Wayne Mauger, whose grand­daugh­ter goes to the day­care, or­ga­nized a rally ear­lier this month to draw at­ten­tion to the plight of the day­care. He’s thrilled that it will con­tinue to op­er­ate.

“I’m happy, very happy,” he said. “There’s a lot of young fam­i­lies and a lot of young kids that need day­care.”

Mauger said he felt it was im­por­tant to show sup­port for

LAURA JEAN GRANT/CAPE BRE­TON POST the day­care.

“Glace Bay, like any small town around Nova Sco­tia, is los­ing jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple and we need day­care to keep our young peo­ple work­ing,” he said. “( Jewels and Gems Day Care) is a good day­care and there’s a good staff. They’ve been run­ning it for many years and they have an ex­cel­lent record.”

The Jewels and Gems Day Care, lo­cated on Mar­ian Street in Glace Bay, has been in op­er­a­tion for 36 years.

Cass Roach, di­rec­tor of the Jewels and Gems Day Care, sat down with chil­dren, from left, Jor­dan Mauger, Dean Smith and So­phie Pilling, while they ate their lunch, Tues­day.

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