West Islip Daycare Center to Close

Center said decision centered on declining enrollment, lack of funding.

The , a staple in the community for just over 15 years, has announced that they'll be closing their doors effective February 24th.

In a letter sent out to parents on Feb. 3, the center's Board of Directors (who ultimately made the decision) pointed to declining enrollment and a failed effort to reduce expenses as the main reasons for ceasing operations.  

"It has been our privilege to serve you and the thousands of families that have entrusted their children to our care since the doors first opened in 1996," the letter stated.  "After months of struggling the center can no longer continue to meet our financial obligations." 

Debbie Stellman, director and employee of the center since its inception, said the closing means the termination of 11 staff members.   

"From their point of view, it was a decision that had to be made," Stellman said.  "My only objection is that it's a very quick time limit for these parents.  I didn't expect it this quick."

Stellman said there is currently 13 full-time and 10 part-time children that attend the center.  West Islip resident Derek Lundquist, whose children have attended the center since September, said the short notice has left him scrambling to find alternative daycare services.

"I can understand why the decision was made, but I can't understand why they'd leave so many families in the lurch this late in the school year," he said.  "If they shut in June, at the end of the school year, I'd might be able to accept this a little better."

Peace of cake February 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Too bad, my daughter went there for a few years a loong time ago.
R Ruggiero February 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
My two children attend WIDC, My main point of being upset is that not only we were giving only 20 days notice, but the board of directors refused to meet with us and were quite rude about it. The kids got hurt here the most. Its a shame!
J.B. February 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Daycare Parents, past and present: On Feburary 22nd at 6pm there will be a pot-luck dinner held at the center. Please join us and our families as we all gather to say goodbye and honor Debbie Stellmann.
Growing Green Beans, LLC August 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
This is always a sad event when you see a business which contributes to the greater good decline due to the economy and other factors. Westy Islip Day Care Center was a wonderful and special place for our children. However, with the closing of this center, other new and upcoming businesses have an opportunity to continue to provide services in the community which are vitally needed. Visit www.imaginecreateplay.com to learn more about Growing Green Beans, LLC for various childcare options for your family...Our open house is scheduled for Sat. August 25th, 2012 @ 10am.


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