Parents Working With Local Pols Lander, Carroll to Solve Day Care Closure Dilemma

Photo by Adam Varga


City Council Member Brad Lander met with parents over the weekend after the sudden closure of a Windsor Terrace day care center left them and workers in the lurch.

Lander helped the day care staff at Ilene’s Sunflower get legal support through Brooklyn Legal Services when they were temporarily locked out over the weekend, a parent told Brownstoner. Earlier, the staff of State Assemblyman Robert Carroll had asked the state licensing agency, Office of Children and Family Services, to extend the daycare’s license, but the office extended it only a week.

Staffers are now in the process of trying to get licensed as quickly as possible. Additionally, there is a GoFundMe campaign to reimburse the staff for unpaid wages that now has more than $10,000 in donations.

“Councilman Brad Lander and Assemblyman Robert Carroll have both been involved and supportive,” the parent said.

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One of Ilene’s Sunflower locations, on Greenwood Avenue. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

He penned a letter to Governor Cuomo and the head of OFCS after Ilene’s Sunflower shut down Friday, January 27.

“Instead of abruptly closing a day care facility, leaving families with no options, concerned authorities should work with parents and caretakers to ensure a smooth transition to well-regulated day care,” it read in part.

“Please work with Assemblyman Carroll and New York City Councilman Brad Lander, both of whom have been working closely with parents to resolve this issue, to allow us to continue taking our children to this much-needed facility.”

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