NEWARK — It arrived in nine sections on nine flatbed trucks, lifted piece by piece into place and will soon be ready for the Candy Apple Children’s Center family to move in.
Director Carleen Uimonen said crews are working hard to get the building’s interior ready for them to start moving in late September. Volunteers from a local church will join Candy Apple board members and families to help with painting the interior and landscape around outside.
“Everybody’s going to help any way they can,” Uimonen said. “It’s going to be wonderful.”
Crews also have to pave the driveway and put in sidewalks. There’s much to do and working on a fixed budget Uimonen said the center is hoping to get some donations from local businesses to help make it all happen.
“The inside is wonderful,” Uimonen said. “It came out just the way I envisioned it. The rooms are so big.”
The new 5,600-square foot building 101 Erie Blvd. includes two infant rooms, two toddler rooms, one 3-year-old classroom, one 4-year-old classroom, a large school-age classroom, dining area with kitchen and office space and conference room. Outside there will be plenty of room for playgrounds for each age group. Uimonen said eventually they hope to add a gym to the building as well.
The facility serves 65 families and with the expansion they plan to increase services to 90 families. Candy Apple is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. New to the facility, Uimonen noted, they are adding 5th graders to their school-age program. Children in the school-age program will be bussed to the daycare center.
The expansion also requires the addition of eight jobs to the staff of 18 currently employed at Candy Apple. Hiring is underway now and anyone interested in applying may call the center.
Currently, Candy Apple is using space at Roosevelt Children’s Center and the Lincoln School. Uimonen said Roosevelt and the Newark School District have been wonderful, but it will be nice to have the entire Candy Apple family under one roof again.
“To all be under the same roof,” Uimonen said. “When we’re all together, it makes us more of a team.”
Limited space is available in the infant, preschool, toddler and school-age rooms for day-to-day care during the work week. Uimonen said they have a waiting list, but anyone interested in daycare for their child is welcome to call. Anyone on the waiting list who hasn’t been contacted, should call as well. The Universal Pre-K class at the center is free to Newark families. To make a donation, inquire about a job or to learn more about what Candy Apple Children’s Center has to offer, call Uimonen at 331-6966.