Campaign saves White Plains kids center

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A community effort involving letter-writing, fundraising and administrative restructuring has made it possible for the Lois Bronz Children's Center to stay in business.

Center director Michael Rush said an 18-month effort has paid off with the center remaining financially viable to continue to serve children after it was in danger of closing.

"Although the center closed a classroom in the 2010-2011 school year, we have since been able to rehire displaced staff and boast a healthy enrollment," Rush said in a news release. "Our Special Needs Program was full to capacity by midyear and we have several more children enrolled this summer as compared to last year. Westchester Districts continue to make referrals to our program since we are no longer in jeopardy of closing."

Rush the center's administrative restructuring, contributions from its cash-flow management team, and monetary donations from the community and supporting businesses helped get the center back on its feet.

"We are pleased to announce that our center is now fully operating at a surplus and will continue to operate efficiently," Rush said in the release.

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"Even in these difficult economic times, enrollment has risen and many classrooms have waiting lists for this upcoming school year," he said in the release. "We have integrated a new interactive and creative curriculum to encompass a love of reading, math and science to help prepare our children for kindergarten and beyond."

Rush said the center will continue to welcome 6-week-old infants to 12-year-old children with activities such as gymnastics, swimming, tennis, art programs and trips to enhance the "educational hands-on experiences" for children.

For more information about the center, at 30 Manhattan Ave., White Plains, call 914-761-6134.

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