February 13, 1994 |
Classical music plays on the day-care center's stereo system and a light orange-scented spray sweetens the air. An interior wall of French doors and windows filters the sunlight, and miniature silver teapots sit on a shelf waiting for little fingers to practice the skill of pouring water. In the kitchen, a cook and his helper are preparing children's meals selected from a menu that includes spinach lasagna and Waldorf salad. Only organically grown ingredients--and no red meat--are used.
July 23, 1995 |
Teachers are working without pay and parents are selling tamales to pay utilities in an effort to keep open a local preschool recently stripped of its sole funding source because half a million dollars of its state appropriation has turned up missing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1995
The efforts of parents and teachers to keep a beloved South-Central Los Angeles preschool open paid off when the Los Angeles Unified School District recently decided to take over the school. Since the state's closure of the David Roberti Child Development Center on July 10, teachers have worked without pay and parents have raised money by selling tamales and holding raffles to pay utility bills.
July 12, 1994 |
Gov. Pete Wilson has thwarted an attempt by the Legislature to guarantee an $8-million contract for a chain of politically connected day-care centers under FBI investigation for possible misuse of government funds. Wilson, who signed a new $57.5-billion state spending plan Friday, used his line-item veto to delete a provision requiring the state Department of Education to renew the contract of a nonprofit foundation that operates day-care centers for 2,300 immigrant and poor children statewide.
February 13, 1994 |
A California foundation whose widely acclaimed child-care program has been championed by powerful legislative leaders is under federal grand jury investigation for possible misuse of more than $1 million in taxpayer funds, The Times has learned. The criminal investigation, spurred by a state auditor's report, is focusing on whether top officials of the Foundation Center for Phenomenological Research improperly spent money intended for poor children.