Now that development is burgeoning along the Weehawken waterfront, working parents need more options for where to place their kids. Starting this month, babies and toddlers have a new space to play and learn. The private Sowing Seed School — a day care with classes that opened on April 3 — held a ribbon cutting ceremony March 31. It’s located right across the street from Port Imperial's NY Waterway ferry terminal.
Elected officials such as U.S. Rep Albio Sires, Sen. Bob Menendez, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and West New York Mayor Felix Roque all attended the ribbon cutting, many of them friends of the operators.
“I want to thank everyone for coming, and especially on such short notice, because we got out license to operate this weekend, and we have families that have been patiently waiting for child care,” said Director Marilyn Duran, who has more than 30 years of experience as an educator in West New York. She owns and operates the day care with husband Alex Duran. Their family also helped make the day care a reality.
“We really appreciate your presence here; it means a lot to us,” said Marilyn Duran. “All of our neighboring mayors, we work together on the waterfront. So this is a representation of our community, because we have students from not only from Weehawken, but West New York and other towns. This is a blending representation.”
“It's great to have a school of this quality on the waterfront as the waterfront expands, both in here and West New York.” --Richard Turner
“This is a great addition to our community,” Turner told those who gathered at the school. “It's great to have a school of this quality on the waterfront as the waterfront expands, both in here and West New York.”
The 10,000 square foot space features 10 classrooms and two floors. The first floor will be comprised of the classrooms; the second floor will be dedicated to training and developing young minds.
The center will serve youth ages six weeks to 5 years old.
The opening also reminded Menendez of a time when he used to drop his two children off at a Union City day care before heading to work.
“That was one of the first early childhood systems in our region that in fact had people trained, certified, and where we took mothers who were sometimes on welfare, had their children taken care of and nurtured,” Menendez added. “And I knew [my children] were going to be at a safe, nurturing, and educational environment, and that to me made all the difference as I went to work every day.”
“Today, the early childhood program in West New York is one of the best programs in the country, because people come around,” said Sires, another longtime friend to the Durans and a former West New York mayor.
“I can see that this is just going to add to the West New York early childhood program. As I go through rooms, I look at all the beautiful desks, it reminds me of when we opened the first childhood center in West New York. It's all good for the kids, the parents, and just knowing you're going to go to work and the kid is learning and has been fed and taken care of. This is a great relief for parents.”
“This is a phenomenal location,” Roque said. “I had another baby recently, and you always want the best for your children.”
For more information on the center, visit https://www.sowingseedschool.com/ or call 201-766-1053.
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