Exceptional care recognized near Bellerose

June 30, 2012 by  

Less than three miles from the center of Bellerose sits a unique educational center, the only one of its kind in the nation. Anna House, a preschool and day care center, is making news. Featured in the New York Times City Talk this past March and highlighted this month in the Floral Park Dispatch, what makes the tiny tots’ spot newsworthy are its location, clientele, and operating hours.

Anna House is located on an acre of ground inside Belmont Park. The center caters to “backstretch” families, which is a term used for the people who supply the support labor needed to keep a racetrack operating. These are the individuals that muck the stalls, walk, groom, and train the horses, starting at 5 a.m., a time outside the hours of regular day care centers. Without other options, young children had to spend days in cars, at home with older siblings, or in unlicensed centers.

Though rarely considered drivers of business, child care centers rely on local merchants for diverse items from juice cups to stationery printing. Beyond the direct purchases made for center operations, the provision of affordable, quality child care allows both parents to work, giving families greater spending power, always welcome in the shopping districts of communities like Bellerose and Elmont.

Anna House is open 365 days a year and currently serves 70 children aged six weeks to six years. Its next major event is entitled A Night of Denim and Diamonds, and will be a cocktail and dinner night honoring Barbara R Banke, set to take place on August 22 at Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.