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Westchester firms commit funds for dependent care.

Seven companies in Westchester County are committing $1.8 million to fund child care and elderly care programs as part of the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care.

The companies are EastRidge Properties Corp., IBM, Kraft General Foods, NYNEX, PepsiCo., Inc. and its Pepsi-Cola division, The Reader's Digest Association Inc. and Texaco.

The efforts are aimed at improving the quality and increasing the availability of dependent care to help businesses attract an retain a productive, motivated workforce. Not all companies are participating in every project.

The money will be used to fund two child care centers, a family day care project, a program which delivers meals to the homes of the elderly and school holiday/vacation programs. The companies said today's announcement is just a start to address dependent care needs in their area and they urged other companies to join in improving their communities through similar efforts.

The Westchester activities are part of a nationwide collaboration announced in which 137 business and public/private sector organizations committed $25.4 million to fund dependent care programs in 44 communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

The programs funded in Westchester County include: * A new child care center at Westchester Corporate Park, Corporate Park Drive in Harrison. The facility will serve 120 children ages 8 weeks old to 5 years old and will include 10,000 square feet. Resources for Child Care Management will operate the center, which will open in the fall of 1993. * Expansion of home-delivered meals administered by the Westchester County government Office of the Aging. The money will be used to buy a new van, establish new routes and provide an additional 21,000 meals to seniors in 1993. The program will start in January. * Development of 30 new family day care homes to provide services for 180 infants and toddlers. The Child Care Council of Westchester will manage the program The funds also will be used to buy equipment and provide training. Recruiting will begin in January and homes will be available to provide service in the Spring. * Creation of various school holiday/vacation programs to be administered by Westchester providers to be identified later. The programs will provide activities for children 6 years old to 12 years old during school vacations, teacher conferences and holidays. The programs will become operational in the Fall of 1993. * Quality enhancement through training for employees and administrators of St. Peter's Community Outreach Center in Peekskill. Computers and software are being given for use in the center's curriculum for early childhood education. The program is already in progress.
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Title Annotation:Westchester County, New York; funds for child and elderly care programs
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 30, 1992
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