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Nearby Day Care Not So Bothersome Letters

July 04, 1999

I had to laugh when I read Howard W. Brown's June 20 "cautionary" letter to home buyers about child-care facilities in homes.

I grew up across the street from the house Brown wanted to buy and my son attends the day-care center he wrote about.

Fifteen to 25 children in a home day-care facility? What did he base that on? If Brown had walked next door to talk to the director, he would have discovered that the licensed facility watches a maximum of 12 preschool-age children, and that on many days there are fewer than that in attendance. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and it is closed holidays.

Living next to a well-run home day-care center such as this would not be much louder or different than living next to an active family with kids, with the exception that a family may be present 100% of the time, while day care closes at night, and on weekends and holidays.

What's the lesson to be learned here? Not to dread next-door child-care facilities, but to talk to the neighbors before you agree to purchase a property.

If Brown had, he might have realized that living next door to the day-care facility would actually be a pleasure rather than a problem.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a silent environment to live in, try Leisure World.

BONNIE K. MacINNIS

Culver City

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