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Girls Clubs of Pasadena Provides Day Care

May 23, 1990

I am writing in response to your article concerning day-care centers (Times, May 2). The article did not provide a complete description of day-care centers in Pasadena. Girls Clubs of Pasadena Inc. would like to expand the information given about its position and its services.

We operate two fully licensed preschools; however, you only mentioned the center located in Northwest Pasadena. The Girls Clubs operates a second center at our main branch located at 3160 E. Del Mar Blvd. This facility has a full enrollment with a waiting list. We are in the process of expanding this facility in order to become licensed to accommodate 12 additional children.

Additionally, we only charge $60 a week per child with siblings receiving a reduced rate. We also have a sliding scale. We receive no government funding.

Our fully licensed centers provide an age-appropriate curriculum, teaching early childhood development and stressing self-esteem. Our teachers are fully qualified in early childhood education.

One of the major community needs is half-day care for kindergartners who only attend school a few hours each day. The Girls Clubs of Pasadena Day Care Centers are ready to provide this service immediately at the North Branch, charging $30 per child per week for half-day care.

Like the Boys Club, Girls Clubs of Pasadena relied heavily on the surveys conducted by the city of Pasadena. It was felt that many of the children would be those whose mothers were enrolled in the Gain Program. Unfortunately, this program has not developed as first indicated. However, we still believe that the need for safe, affordable and nurturing child care is needed in the Northwest area of Pasadena. The problem is how to get the funds necessary for the children to attend these much-needed programs.

The Girls Clubs' objective is to never have to turn away any child. But like any organization--whether nonprofit or for-profit--the bills have to be paid. We definitely feel that we have one of the most affordable, quality preschool programs in the area and that our rates are at the subsidized level.

We would greatly appreciate having a more complete article written about our preschool program.

ALYCE McCARROLL

Human Resources Director and Child Care Coordinator

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