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Viking Child Care Center Lands OCFS Grant

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, July 19, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's Viking Child Care Center recently received a $52,345 grant from the New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS). The start-up and expansion grant, which was written prior to the opening of the new Viking Child Care Center, will be used to cover expenses not covered by other grants, such as office equipment and supplies.

"Grants like this are very important to the operation of the Viking Child Care Center," said Ann Carrozza, executive director of Faculty Student Association (FSA) of Hudson Community College, a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to enhance the lives of Hudson Valley's students, faculty and staff. The Viking Child Care Center falls under the umbrella of the FSA. "Office equipment and supplies are things that centers traditionally have a hard time finding money for. Typically, if you have money, you're going to put it into the nuts and bolts of the operation, things like major classroom equipment or playground equipment. This grant stipulates what the funds will be spent on, though, and these are things that will help us maintain a professional presence on campus and in the community."

The $3-million, 16,000-square-foot Viking Child Care Center, which was built by the FSA, opened in August 2001. Located on Williams Road at the southeastern end of Hudson Valley's campus, it provides affordable care on a sliding-fee scale for 128 children ages six weeks to 5 years. It also affords easy accessibility for parents attending the college, as well as community parents.

OCFS was formed in 1998 by merging the former State Division for Youth with the family and children's program's administered by the former State Department of Social Services. The agency was created to improve the integration of services for New York's children, youth, families and vulnerable populations and to promote their development and protect them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment.

Hudson Valley also was recently awarded a supplemental SUNY Grant, in the amount of $34,000, to improve child care services for the children of Hudson Valley's students. The supplemental award brings Hudson Valley's SUNY Grant total to $79,400 for 2001-02.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.