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Earlier today the Town Board received notification from the Board of Directors of the Lois Bronz Children's Center (LBCC) that its former Executive Director was arraigned in Court for financial improprieties that took place during her tenure as Executive Director of the LBCC.
The LBCC, named after the first woman African American Chair of the Board of Legislators, has been a bedrock in our community for more than 50 years. Despite recent challenges, the LBCC continues to provide exceptional care to hundreds of children each year.
Although the LBCC is independent of the town, and the town does not contribute funds toward its childcare costs, the town does own and maintain the LBCC building on Manhattan Avenue. Therefore, several months ago, the LBCC's Board of Directors met with our Town Board. At that meeting the Directors briefed the Town Board about alleged financial improprieties and the steps undertaken to rectify the situation. We were told as soon as the Directors suspected funds designated for the children's center were being misappropriated they contacted the Westchester County Police, which took charge investigating the incident.
To protect the rights of the former Executive Director and to not interfere with the independent investigation by Westchester County Police, no public statements have been made during the investigation by the Directors or by town officials.
The LBCC Directors, the majority of whom are long time Greenburgh residents ,are dedicated to ensuring that the children's center is well run, providing children with excellent daycare. The Directors want to reassure parents that at no time was the safety of their children in question. The children's center has been and will continue to be a safe and welcoming place for parents and guardians to send their children.
The LBCC Board of Directors is committed to making sure that every dollar appropriated to the children's center is used efficiently and is transparently documented. I am writing to you on behalf of the Town Board and the LBCC Board of Directors to ask that you continue to support the LBCC as it continues to provide excellent childcare for the future leaders of our community. I have spoken with the leadership of the LBCC Board of Directors. The Town Board will designate a liaison to the Board of the LBCC.
About the Lois Bronz Children’s Center…
Comprehensive in its approach, and innovative in its methods, our Center was founded in 1966 to address the growing needs for childcare in Westchester County.
The Center has since evolved into a multifaceted program offering a myriad of early childhood educational programs and services to families and children that reside or work in t he County.
The Lois Bronz Children's Center offers a ground-breaking infant nursery; a toddler and two year old program; a pre-school and Federal Head Start program; Universal Pre-K; a before and after-school program for elementary school children; and Stepping Stones, a New York State certified special education pre-school Program. The children also participate in many extra-curricular and enrichment activities, programs and services. The Center is a well-equipped facility which enables us to care for approximately 200 children annually.
The Lois Bronz Children's Center (LBCC) is committed to creating a safe and nurturing educational center in which families, teachers and staff are in partnership. We provide an environment that enables each child to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, culturally and socially. We value each and every child and strive to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.
The need for organized childcare in Greenburgh, NY was clearly demonstrated when the 1960 census indicated that 55 percent of the women living in the Fairview community were employed, and were forced to make whatever arrangements they could for their young children.