New daycare center receives zoning board approval

October 6, 2012 by  

On Tuesday, October 2, the New Rochelle zoning board was granted a special permit for construction of the Growing Minds daycare center in a 4,000 square-foot space on the lower level of the building at 466 Main Street. The center will cater to youngsters under two-and-a-half years of age.

Though it will still be some time before the co-owners of the daycare, Jennifer Jones and Yuliana Cabrera, will be doing their brochure and business card printing, receipt of the zoning permit represents a major hurdle cleared. The next step is the design approval process.

Considerations by the zoning board when approving this type of permit include the overall presentation of the applicants, as well as plans that will not negatively affect city services, such as water usage, nor public traffic patterns. Richard Sosis, chairman of the zoning board, indicated that the placement of a daycare center in this part of the downtown was viewed as particularly beneficial for the surrounding community.

A schedule for completing the build-out of the space has not yet been announced. Once open, the daycare expects to operate Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with additional activities on Saturdays.

According to figures from the 2010 census, 32% of all families with working mothers and children under the age of 15 make payments for childcare of some kind. Reports indicate that a significant number of the country’s 11,000 accredited daycare centers are operating at or near capacity. New Rochelle presently has approximately 20 daycare centers.