The Happy Tots Child Care Center moved back in to the Church of the Holy Name of Mary on August 15, 2006. The school program first set up back in the gym and then moved back into four classrooms. And since then, the Happy Tots staff has not willing to sign a temporary lease that would terminate on December 31, 2006. Thereby, no lease currently exists. Why would the church allow that to happen?
In the meantime, the Church of the Holy Name of Mary raised the rent by a whopping 38%. Worse, for the program, is that Happy Tots Child Care Center now has half the space they originally had. The school now requires less space now because of their recent drop in enrollment of a third to half compared to Spring 2006 (see: “Fate of Croton Daycare Center Hangs in the Balance…”). What message might that be sending to parishioners and neighbors alike?
Meanwhile, Happy Tots Child Care Center had a hearing in the Town of Cortlandt on October 3, 2006, for an approval from the town board to begin renovating the old WHUD building on Station Way in Peekskill as their new home. So, the staff continues to tell parents that the new site will be ready in two months, but it seems like anyone who thinks they know anything about the school’s future plans also knows they may be wrong.
So, it appears that the Church of the Holy Name of Mary continues to not want to have anything to do with Happy Tots and will make it unbearable for them—but so far, not in a way that brings any attention to them. While Happy Tots wants to stay in business, they are fighting with the church to do so, but on the other hand telling parents not to worry. One might wonder who really loses out in this game.