Coddington plans to expand the county’s facilities and childcare inventory – Natural Self Esteem

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The Coddington Road Community Center is planning a $4.8 million expansion of its child care facilities. An ambitious goal for over a decade, the project has been severely disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but perhaps the timing is better now.

“Before the people who spoke about childcare were people who had children and needed childcare. I think everyone is talking about childcare now,” said Heather Mount, the chief executive of Coddington Road Community Centre.

The pandemic has brought the issue into high profile, highlighting the high costs families face; the low margins that the centers are struggling with and the resulting low wages that workers in the industry typically earn; as well as the scarce availability of care at the outset.

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