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Wayne Post
  • Candy Apple construction on schedule

  • Candy Apple Children’s Center’s construction for the daycare’s new building in Newark’s Industrial Park is moving along on schedule, Director Carleen Uimonen said.

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  • Candy Apple Children’s Center’s construction for the daycare’s new building in Newark’s Industrial Park is moving along on schedule, Director Carleen Uimonen said.
    Candy Apple received a $750,000 grant and a 2-year time limit to use it, and Uimonen said they will meet that funding deadline.
    Crews began ground work this month to prepare the lot for nine modular building sections to arrive by flatbed trucks in May, which Uimonen expects will be quite a sight to see. A large crane will also be brought in to lift each building section into place on the lot. Once installed, crews will move inside to paint and prepare the building’s interior.
    The new 5,600-square foot building will include 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.
    Candy Apple Children’s Center will be located at 101 Erie Blvd. Parking lot access will be on Erie Boulevard, although the building will sit kitty corner facing the intersection of West Shore and Erie boulevards.
    The facility serves 65 families and with the coming expansion they hope to increase services to 90 families. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the facility has a waiting list for day-to-day care during the work week. The Universal Pre-K class is free to Newark families. New to the facility, Uimonen noted, they will be adding 5th graders to their school-age program. Children in the school-age program will be bussed to the daycare center.
    The expansion will also require the addition of eight jobs to the staff of 18 currently employed at Candy Apple. Those jobs are expected to be added when the daycare center moves into the new facility. Uimonen anticipates they will begin moving in by the beginning of summer.
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