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.
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.
“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.”
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.