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Young Minds Day Care Center to Close

Clinton Hill facility currently hosting 62 children will shutter in September due to loss of funding.

The board of on Fulton Street has decided to shut its doors after 30 years serving Clinton Hill children, according to the center's director, Carol Mills.

"Right now, there's no way we can continue running with no money coming in through the doors," Mills said.

According to Mills, the closure is the result of planned budget cuts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg totaling $170 million across the five boroughs.

This week, Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Fort Greene, announced her intentions to join to restore funding to daycare, Head Start and afterschool programs.

But Mills seemed doubtful there was any way to save Young Minds, which currently serves 62 children—down from 110 just five years ago.

"It doesn't look good," she said.

A rally is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Friday outside the center at 972 Fulton St.

Ana June 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM
My daughter attended Young Minds from 2001-2008...first in day care, then the OST program. She loved it and I was so glad for it. I'm so grateful to them for being my daughter's intro into education. So sorry to see it go :-(
Elisabeth Baker June 18, 2012 at 04:23 AM
My son loves Young Minds after school program. They have great teachers and arts enrichment. They take such wonderful care of the children. With school being so intense nowadays kids really need a fun place to go after school. I am deeply saddened that this wonderful institution is being shut down. I have no idea where my son will be in the fall.
Jim June 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I attended the Ful;ton Business Improvement District design workshop last week. No one mentioned the day care center was being lost. Does that mean the senior center will be next? Will more bars and yoga schools take their place because that's all the workshop wanted to know about.

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