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Press Release

August 28th, 2002

ACS Commissioner William C. Bell Commends Graduates of Day Care Facility in Park Slope, Brooklyn

New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Commissioner William C. Bell recently joined parents and staff members at the Alonzo A. Daughtry Memorial Day Care Center to congratulate a group of six-year-olds who graduated to elementary school. In addition to special remarks given by Commissioner Bell, the program included singing, poems and skits performed by the graduates.

"This is just one of many accomplishments you'll achieve," Commissioner Bell told the young students. "Every one of you can do whatever you want to do in life. If your dream is to go to college, or become an astronaut and fly to the moon, you can. As long as you believe you can, you truly can."

Alonzo A. Daughtry Memorial Day Care Center, a provider contracted by ACS's Division of Child Care and Head Start, offers day care services to children ages two-and-a-half to six years old in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Founded in 1971, Alonzo Daughtry has adopted the motto of "Nurturing and Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow." The center strives to provide a safe, clean learning environment, age appropriate teaching materials and experiences and a supportive system for parents.

ACS contracts with 247 organizations throughout the five boroughs to provide subsidized group and family daycare services to families that meet social and income eligibility criteria. Together with ACS's Head Start facilities, these programs offer a safe, nurturing and educational environment for children.

"If you work hard, use your talents and your intelligence, and you believe in yourself, there's no limit to what you can do," Commissioner Bell told the graduates. "I'm not promising it'll be easy, but I will promise you this: You can do it."

The New York City Administration for Children's Services protects and ensures the safety and well being of New York City's children and their families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City's programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoptive parenting, child support enforcement, childcare and Head Start.

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