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September 22, 2018

Local woman aims to bring some Sunshine to Fulton


FULTON, NY – Jessica Naioti had trouble finding childcare for her 2 ½ year old son, Benjamin.

Seeing this need for drop-in childcare in Oswego County, as well as a place for teens to hang out inspired the idea for Sunshine Community and Childcare Center, located on Schuyler Street in the former Red’s Videos storefront.

Jes Naioti tears down the old to bring in the new at Sunshine Community and Childcare Center.

Jes Naioti tears down the old to bring in the new at Sunshine Community and Childcare Center.

On May 15, Naioti signed the lease and she and her team began renovations on the space.

She lead the group through the room explaining her vision for a kitchen area, reading nook, quiet space for small children, and space for teens as well.

“I’m very glad to see new business starting,” said Councilor Alan Emrich when Naioti presented Sunshine to the Fulton Common Council on May 14.

“It involves dozens and dozens, and hopefully hundreds of people,” Naioti said.

She plans to collaborate with other local businesses as well.

Businesses can pay a monthly fee for advertising in Sunshine’s facility, newsletters, and media packages as well as gain access to storage at the center.

Renee Szabo takes down the "for rent" sign as soon as the lease is finalized.

Renee Szabo takes down the “for rent” sign as soon as the lease is finalized.

“Growing up, there wasn’t really a place to do anything in this town,” said Naioti. “I figured we’d try to start something for people to go to for drop-in childcare, small business support, and offer youth groups.”

June 23 will be Sunshine’s open house.

Community members are welcome to drop in and check out the facility, and there will be food, games, and even a bounce house for the little ones.

The following Monday, June 24, will be Sunshine’s first day of business when school-age summer camp begins.

The target age group is newborns to elementary school-age kids, but the center will also feature teen youth groups and free parenting classes.

It was Naioti’s goal to have the opening coincide with elementary schools letting out for summer break.

In the meantime, she and her team are looking at a month of “hardcore renovations.”

The team prepares for "hardcore renovations" From left are: Franklin McQuaid, Todd Hokanson, Renee Szabo, Sarah Szabo, Darren Love, and Jessica Naioti.

The team prepares for “hardcore renovations” From left are: Franklin McQuaid, Todd Hokanson, Renee Szabo, Sarah Szabo, Darren Love and Jessica Naioti.

It will be a lot of work, but Naioti said she has “nothing but faith right now, I’m happy.”

To learn more about Sunshine Community and Childcare Center check out their website:  http://herewegrow.org/

The site will soon feature applications, hours, and prices.

Naioti also hopes to add a comments section where members can suggest events they’d like to see at Sunshine.

You can also check back with Oswego County Today as we’ll have up-to-date photos and information on Sunshine’s renovations and events.

2 Responses “Local woman aims to bring some Sunshine to Fulton”

  1. Helen Flora
    May 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Will there be any job openings at this new business???? :-) I also have an online store I have been trying to establish customers to, but in need of work.

    Helen

  2. May 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    We are accepting applications for employment always. We also offer a recruitment program, for anyone to earn $5 for each paid membership they sign up!
    It is suggested to go down to the site and ask how you can help when you get an application. We need hard workers :)
    Thank you for your interest in the Sunshine Community Center.

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