EastRidge breaks ground on Enrichment Center.EastRidge Properties has announced that a stand-alone day care center will be constructed on land in its Westchester Corporate Park in Harrison, New York Harrison is a town/village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 24,154 at the 2000 census. The village is coterminous with the town of the same name, and has a consolidated town/village government. . Ground breaking for the project was to take place September 14, with a targeted opening date of March 1995.
The new facility, called "The EastRidge Enrichment Center," will be the only free-standing day care facility located in a Westchester office park when it opens in the Spring of 1995. An 11,000 squarefoot, state-of-the-art building, The EastRidge Enrichment Center will accommodate up to 122 children between the ages of 8 weeks and five years. It will have separate, secure areas for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, and ample outdoor play space. Center hours and schedules will be tailored to meet the needs of participating sponsors or workplaces.
A collaborative effort is bringing The EastRidge Enrichment Center to Westchester. The Center will be managed by Resources for Child Care Management (RCCM RCCM Research Council for Complementary Medicine
RCCM Register of Commerce and Personal Property Transactions (Benin, West Africa) ), a nationally-known child care management and consulting firm Noun 1. consulting firm - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
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In addition to RCCM, five Westchester county businesses are underwriting the $2.3 million cost of the new facility: EastRidge Properties and several participants in the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care, a ground-breaking business strategy launched in September 1992 which is intended to increase the supply and quality of dependent care services in communities where companies' employees live and work.
EastRidge Properties is a 2 million square-foot portfolio of 18 office buildings in four Westchester County office parks: White Plains Office Park, Westchester Corporate Park, Rockledge Center, and Purchase Park. EastRidge Properties will be offering its tenant companies the opportunity to buy sponsorship packages to offer as a benefit to employees.
Westchester American Business Collaboration participants funding the EastRidge Enrichment Center are: IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) ; PepsiCo, Inc.; Texaco Inc.; and the NYNEX NYNEX New York-New England & X for the Unknown (Telephone Company)
NYNEX New York Network Exchange Corporation through its Dependent Care Development Fund in partnership with its unions, the Communications Workers of America Communications Workers of America (CWA) is the largest communications and media labor union in the United States (the union also has locals in Canada), representing over 700,000 workers in both the private and public sectors. and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a labor union which represents workers in the electrical industry in the United States and Canada, particularly electricians, or Inside Wiremen, in the construction industry and linemen and other employees of public .
The collaborators expect the quality child care available through The EastRidge Enrichment Center to help area businesses improve work-force productivity.
Around the country, more and more companies are recognizing that child care problems are a major factor in productivity. Studies have shown that the struggle to find and keep quality care affects worker concentration and results in frequent absenteeism ab·sen·tee·ism
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2. The rate of occurrence of habitual absence from work or duty. and changes in jobs. And the availability of affordable, quality child care resources has been reported as a top factor in employee's decisions to transfer into or stay with a particular job situation, according to according to
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As a result, more companies are offering "family-friendly" employee benefits such as child-care resources.
"The EastRidge Enrichment Center will be an important resource to help area businesses be more family-friendly." said Ellen Lynch, vice president of Albert B. Ashforth, Inc. and director of property operations for EastRidge Properties. "Being able to offer employees quality day care helps businesses attract and retain a productive, motivated work force."
According to Lynch, any of EastRidge Properties' tenant companies can obtain priority enrollment status for their employees by becoming a corporate sponsor. Applications for enrollment to the center will be accepted by RCCM.
All parents, whether they are employees of one of the American Business Collaboration companies, employees of EastRidge Properties' tenants, or members of the general public, will be able to enroll their children, on a full-time or part-time basis, in one of three programs:
* Infant Care and Toddler Care, which will provide developmental care for children aged 8 weeks to 3 years.
* Pre-School Care, which will be provided for children 3 to 5 years old.