Rent Costs Force Corona Center Closing

Hope Cannaday (r.) leads a rally to save the oldest day care center in Corona from closing due to a rent hike. (Photo courtesy of Hope Cannaday via Times Ledger)

Hope Cannaday (r.) leads a rally to save the oldest day care center in Corona from closing due to a rent hike. (Photo courtesy of Hope Cannaday via Times Ledger)

The Malcolm X Early Childhood Educational Center in Corona, which offers child care programs and foster services to low-income families, is closing its doors this summer because of a doubling in rent charged, reports Bill Parry of Times Ledger.

“We’re sending out 500 letters a week to every city leader we can think of,” Malcolm X Early Childhood Director Hope Cannaday said. “So far we haven’t heard a thing from the city.”

Families of the 120 children have taken part in two rallies in recent weeks.

“We’re trying anything we can to get the word out,” Cannady said. “This is an issue that’s happening across the city.”

The families were provided a list of all child-care facilities in a three-mile radius by an ACS [Administration for Children’s Services] representative as well as information on other pre-K programs. Parents complain that these programs are already filled.

“It’s sad that the center is closing because the city and the landlord could not reach a financial agreement,” Cannady said. “A school shouldn’t be closed for that reason, not when it does so well.” She added that the only political leaders that have been helpful are state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst).

Relocation, to a site nearby, is one possibility, said Peralta. For more go to Times Ledger.

Update from Queens Chronicle: Corona daycare stays open for business (Nov. 12, 2015)

One Comment

  1. Daycare going up
    Rent going up
    Food is HIGH and ROTTEN
    Pay stay the same
    Were are your Politicians when we need them. They know how to come out to get your VOTE!!
    NOW THE PEOPLE NEED YOUR SUPPORT !!

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