Mayor Palmieri and United Way announce childcare expansion for Academics First

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Mayor Palmieri and United Way came together today to announce childcare expansion which is part of the Utica prosperity initiative Phase I Project.

“Today we are going to be providing a check and the check will be presented on behalf of united way to supplement childcare not only for the week days but for the weekends,” said Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica.

The expansion was announced back in June, and was the community’s most supported project as part of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. The city will provide funding to expand the hours of licensed childcare at Academics First. With this investment, care will soon be available from six am to nine pm on weekdays, and six am to six pm on weekends.

“we’re really excited to continue our partnership with academic first and expand the hours to when the community actually needs them,” said Erin Gutierrez Matt, United Way of the Mohawk Valley Executive Director.

The additional hours will accommodate a wider range of needs of parents and caregivers as well as provide jobs.

“We determined that we would need to hire about 30 individuals to make this operation complete. right now we are at about 20,” said Dietra Harvey, Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.

The city will be announcing other phase one projects and unveil the Utica Prosperity Phase II projects next week.

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