Apr. 20, 2011
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to your editorial “Community Center Reforms Require Better Planning” in last week’s Dorchester Reporter. Thank you for noting that there is “merit” and “promise” in our FY12 budget plan. As we enter another difficult budget process, our top priority is keeping high-quality services available to all of our communities.
As you mentioned, Boston Centers for Youth & Families consolidated eight of our 46 community center facilities last year through the FY11 budget process, two of which were in your readership area. I am happy to report that all eight sites remain open and provide important services to the neighborhoods in which they are housed. The main goal of consolidation was to improve the quality of our programs and services by enhancing our staffing levels at our remaining sites. Read more
The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch. Read more