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NATION'S FIRST COMPREHENSIVE INTERGENERATIONAL DAY CARE CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

 Pioneering Day Care Program Features Shared Activities
 for Elderly and Children
 VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Generated by a million dollar grant from the Mark Taper Foundation, the nation's first comprehensive intergenerational care facility celebrated its grand opening today and inaugurated an innovative program that combines day care for infants, preschool children and dependent seniors.
 Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and Councilmember Laura Chick were joined by community leaders and other elected officials as they opened the Mark Taper Intergenerational Center, where the program, known as the Mark Taper J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) will be based.
 The result of the partnership between the Organization for the Needs of the Elderly (O.N.E.), the Mark Taper Foundation, civic and municipal agencies, private donations and YMCA child care services, the Mark Taper J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) Program is designed to be responsive to the rapidly growing segment of the American population who need affordable and innovative day care not only for their infants and preschool children, but also for their elderly family members.
 "This intergenerational program embodies the spirit of volunteerism and the partnership between the public and private sectors that is of tremendous importance to our city," said Riordan. "It addresses one of the cutting-edge issues of our day: the need for child and senior day care that makes life easier for care givers without sacrificing quality of care."
 The issue of intergenerational care has become critically important in recent years as dramatic increases have occurred in the average age of the country's population, the number of women in the work force and the demand for quality child care. The Center is the first of its kind to combine to the two dependent care functions in a single program that is designed to be beneficial for participants, care givers and the community.
 "Over the next several decades, nearly every working adult will face the need for child care and elder care -- and many will face those needs at the same time," said Chick, who represents the area in which the Center resides. "The Mark Taper J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) Program is a remarkable achievement in the delivery of social services and one that will substantially enhance the quality of life in our community."
 According to Raymond F. Reisler, executive director, Mark Taper Foundation, the Mark Taper Foundation unanimously decided upon this new intergenerational concept and then sought the best non-profit organization in Los Angeles to implement it -- The Organization for the Needs of the Elderly. He added, "it is a practical idea based upon the economic realties facing our community and the natural bonding that exists between the young and the old. A million dollar gift represents the Foundation's effort to break new ground in the delivery of social services to children and seniors."
 About the Program
 The Mark Taper J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) Program will initially provide care for 35 seniors per day and child care services for up to 60 infants, toddlers and preschool-age children with licensing approval for 90 in both programs.
 The program seeks to build mutually supportive bonds between children and the elderly through a variety of activities including music, arts and crafts, exercise, gardening, cultural and holiday celebrations.
 "There are numerous benefits to the program, including respite for care givers and the mutual support that older and younger participants will provide each other through shared activities," said Estelle Cooper, executive director of O.N.E.
 O.N.E. is funded by grants from the Los Angeles City Department of Aging, the Los Angeles Community Development Department, private grants, donations and fundraising. Construction of this unique center was funded primarily by a donation from the Mark Taper Foundation. Additionally, the Center has been granted a long-term, rent-free lease from the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department.
 The Center staff is comprised of professionals from the fields of human development, child care, social work, health sciences and gerontology who will work with volunteers on a 1-to-3 ratio with program participants.
 The Organization for the Needs of the Elderly (O.N.E.) is a non- profit service organization dedicated to promoting independent living among seniors. The organization is headquartered at the Mark Taper Intergenerational Center, 17400 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406; 818-705-2345.
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 /CONTACT: Madeline Williamson, 818-705-2345/


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