In this community, the shortage of quality school-age care emerged as the largest concern among employees of ABC companies, especially for those living in the Wappinger School District. Other key issues included shortage of quality infant/toddler care, emergency/backup care, and summer camps.

By conducting the Hands-On Science Training for existing school-age programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley, the ABC was able to enhance their curriculum, allowing parents to feel confident that their children were in a learning environment after school. The ABC was also able to get centers to expand service to include programs for school-age children. To improving the quality and family friendliness of child care centers and family care programs, the ABC also conducted a series of trainings in the provider community. And to build the supply and quality of family child care with a focus on infants/toddlers, several recruiting and accreditation projects were implemented. Additionally, SeniorNet Computer Learning Centers were developed to meet the needs of a large number of IBM retirees in the community.

Funding Companies

Bell Atlantic Company
IBM Corporation
Texaco Inc.


Early Childhood
Computer Enhancement Initiative for Child Care Center
Caring for Infants and Toddlers for Child Care Center
Family Friendly Training for Child Care Center
NAEYC Accreditation Initiative for Child Care Center
Accreditation/Credential for Family Child Care Providers
CORE Basic Competency Curriculum for Family Child Care Providers
Recruitment for Family Child Care Providers

The Bridge Project
Hands-On Science Training

Backup Dependent Care Subsidy Just In Time Care (JITC)

Elder Care
Adult Day Care Expansion
SeniorNet Computer Learning Center

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