Program serves children ages 3-5 with autism and special needs
Brewster, N.Y. – (3/20/13) – Putnam ARC announced today that it will be closing its PARC Preschool Program on August 9, 2013. Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) expressed deep concern of the recent announcement.
PARC Preschool, located at 125 Baldwin Place Road in Mahopac. The preschool’s primary focus has been to serve children with severe communication delays or learning difficulties, pervasive developmental disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.
“This comes as very sad news for everyone here in Putnam County, and the entire Hudson Valley” said Senator Greg Ball. “PARC Preschool has been a leading provider of services for young children with developmental disabilities not only in Putnam County, but throughout the state. We are now left with a very large void to fill for our most vulnerable population. New York State is making cuts to the bone in ways that will cost us in a big way moving forward. I am pleading with this Governor and my legislative colleagues to not be penny wise and pound foolish. Programs like these are vital and save taxpayers millions, if not billions, in the long run.”
According to PARC officials, the preschool currently has 53 children, ages 3-5, enrolled in the program. Of those 53 children, 42 are graduating in June. PARC preschool currently employees 47 full and part time staff members. In addition to school-based programs and services, the preschool staff members also perform 70-80 multidisciplinary evaluations annually.
“As the executive director of PARC for the last 12 ½ years, this is the hardest decision I have had to make with our Board of Directors,” said Susan Limongello. “The preschool has always been a special program in our community with outstanding staff and incredible results for the children of our area. Due to the current fiscal environment in New York State, this was a necessary but difficult decision that will impact PARC well into the future.”
In an attempt to fill any educational voids created by the closure of the PARC Preschool, PARC’s executive team is actively seeking another SED-approved provider to take over the program, so that the vital services provided to young children with special needs in can continue.
For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.