Day Care Program Will Stay, but Change
Grondin, Kathryn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kathryn Grondin Daily Herald Staff Writer
Parents using Villa Park's Fun Time Junction drop-in program won't have to find alternative day care after all.
But they will have to follow more guidelines and pay more money for the service in some cases.
In passing the 2002-03 budget, some trustees on Monday reversed their earlier stance against the village operating a licensed day- care facility out of the Iowa Community Center.
Trustees Larry Dean, Joyce Stupegia, Jim Trepanier and Joyce Daly previously told the finance department to remove the program from the budget, because they questioned whether the village should be in the day-care business.
After hearing from five parents who use the service and reviewing more information about the program, the village board voted unanimously to continue the program with the additional requirements required by the Department of Family and Children Services.
"The village is a business," said Trustee Richard Illian, who supported the program. "There's a lot of things we do that we don't make money on but it's a service. That's a benefit to the village."
Stupegia and Trepanier said they reconsidered after learning about the breadth of the program and its potential profitability.
"When I don't have all the facts, I'm going to vote against it," Stupegia said. She was persuaded by the financial projections and the level of use by residents. …