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Monday, June 8, 2015

Plans to transfer Bilingual Daycare on agenda

The Bilingual Day Care Center has been a staple for decades.

After a decade of discussion, it appears Plainfield
may be getting out of the day care business.

Wednesday's Council agenda-setting session contains two proposed resolutions concerning the Bilingual Day Care Center on West 2nd Street and Madison Avenue.

One authorizes the submission of a layoff plan to the NJ Civil Service Commission for employees at the Center. The other is to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with HOPES Community Action, a Plainfield day care provider, for a transition period for HOPES to assume operation of the Bilingual Day Care program.

When Bilingual began many years ago, none of the day care centers in Plainfield offered a bilingual experience for children of primarily Spanish-speakig households.

With Plainfield's demographic changes, having bllingual staff and instruction at day care centers has become a matter of course. (Plainfield is on track to become a majority Latino community over the next few years.)

Administration officials have already met with employess, many of whom will have an opportunity to move over to the program's new sponsor.

With Bilingual moving to the private sector, the only agency left that might be outsources is the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. Talks about turning that program over to Union County have been held over the years.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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