Elkhart Daycare in Jeopardy


The Christmas shopping season is over but some parents in Elkhart may soon find themselves shopping for a new daycare.

The Windows of Wonder daycare is behind on the rent
and is being asked to vacate the premises by December 29th.

There are currently about 100-children enrolled at the center,

The landlord forcing the issue is not known for being motivated by money.

It’s the Y.M.C.A. of Elkhart.

According to board chairman Michael Pianowski, “ It's tough for us to ask donors and members to finance a for profit business through a charitable organization, that's not possible.”

Pianowski says the daycare is 75-thousand dollars behind in its rent.

The notice to leave the building came when the owner of the daycare thought he was negotiating in good faith with the Y to solve the problem.

Gary Harman now finds himself scrambling for more time to keep “Windows” open.

“We are also trying to work on converting the company from an L.L.C. to a non profit, we're in the process of doing that so we can accept grants. Our hope is we can receive enough grants to buy a building straight up.”

If Windows is forced to close, the Y insists that it won’t leave parents and children in the lurch.

Pianowski says the Y.M.C.A. may end up providing daycare so the children in question have somewhere to go.


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