BRIDG­ING THE GAP

Day care launches crowd­fund­ing ef­fort to ex­pand reach

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Charles Pritchard cpritchard@onei­dadis­patch.com

The Oneida Area Day Care Cen­ter has been a part of the community since 1971 and care for in­fants, tod­dlers, preschool and pre-K chil­dren. All that hard work shines through with just a visit.

“I’m re­spon­si­ble for quite a bit,” Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Mar­i­alena Froio said. “I’m re­spon­si­ble for en­roll­ment, the New York State li­cense, I su­per­vise the em­ploy­ees, all of our con­tracts and who we part­ner with and I’m a lit­tle bit of the main­te­nance person.”

Be­ing a not-for-profit cor­po­ra­tion, it can be some­times hard to bal­ance it all.

Froio ad­mits that the day­care cen­ter can­not af­ford to have a main­te­nance person on staff and that many of those tasks fall to her. “I do a lot of the ground­works and the lights, the gut­ters, the roof and what­ever else. I’ve had to teach my­self,” she said with a laugh. “I learned a lot fromYouTube.”

On top of that, Froio cov­ers in the class­rooms, pro­vid­ing breaks and tak­ing over shifts should the need arises, due to be­ing short staffed.

There’s so much the Oneida Area Day Care Cen­ter wants to do, but with the bulk of their money com­ing from par­ent pay­ments, Froio is look­ing to ex­pand hori­zons.

“We seem to strug­gle to bridge the gap be­tween the num­ber of chil­dren we have in the pro­gram com­pared to

what we could have,” she said. “If our num­bers are low, it makes it a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for us.”

With the ris­ing cost of op­er­a­tions and gen­eral ex­penses that come with main­tain­ing them­selves, the Oneida Area Day Care Cen­ter has started a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to help them reach their goal.

“We’re start­ing a cam­paign called ‘ Dol­lars for Day­care’,” she said. “We’re go­ing to try and reach out to the lo­cal community, to busi­nesses and lo­cal fam­i­lies.”

And the fam­i­lies are there to sup­port the day­care cen­ter.

Lo­cal fam­i­lies had a lot to say and even more praise to give to the Oneida Area Day Care Cen­ter, voic­ing their trep­i­da­tion to be­gin with and soon their love for the place that cares for their child as much as they do.

Tif­fany Saun­ders lives in Syra­cuse and works as a So­cial Wel­fare Ex­am­iner and drives out to Madi­son County for work, but not be­fore vis­it­ing the Oneida Area Day Care Cen­ter.

“When I drop my son off in the morn­ing I never worry as I know that he is in good hands with car­ing pro­fes­sion­als,” she said. “I could not ask for a bet­ter at­mos­phere and cen­ter. I am so grate­ful to all the teach­ers and staff for all that they do.”

Rais­ing a child is a full time job and when try­ing to make ends meet, it can be hard to give them the time they need. Froio ad­mits that the work she and her staff do is not one that you can just punch in and out of and that they need to be there for them. But to them, it’s well worth it.

That’s why they have been working to find a way to keep do­ing what they love and started to reach out to the community.

Those in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to Dol­lars for Day­care can go to their web­site at you­car­ing. com/ oadcc or visit their Face­book page.

PHOTOS BY CHARLES PRITCHARD — ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH

Oneida Area Day­care Cen­ter has been in ser­vice since 1971.

Oneida Area Day­care Cen­ter has launched a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to help ex­pand its reach.

CHARLES PRITCHARD — ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH

Oneida Area Day­care Cen­ter gets most of its fund­ing from par­ent pay­ments.

Oneida Area Day­care Cen­ter has been able to keep its pro­grams run­ning de­spite chal­lenges in main­tain­ing ex­penses.

Oneida Area Day­care Cen­ter has been in ser­vice since 1971.

Oneida Area Day­care Cen­ter of­fers pro­grams for new­borns to preschool/ pre-K chil­dren.

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