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Durham Day-Care Center Reopens Under New Management

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DURHAM — A day care dilemma is over for some parents whose children attend the YMCA Early Learning Center in Durham. The center reopened its doors Wednesday morning after being closed for almost two weeks.

The teachers walked out March 24 in protest, after the center's director was fired. All of the teachers have returned except one, now that the center is operating under new management.

Bright Horizons' Family Solutionshas a two-year contract now to run the center. The company also runs several other centers in the Triangle, including two at SAS and two at Glaxo Wellcome.

The new management had a meeting with parents Monday night, but they were not sure exactly how many of the 188 children would return.

Timothy Mangum says his wife had to take care of their kids while the day care was closed. "She wasn't able to sleep during the day, when she's working at night," he says. "It was kind of hard for us, so we're glad they're back open now."

Parent April Sterling is also glad. "My fiance is getting a break now. He's been with them at home most of the week. We've been kind of alternating, but I'm glad and they're happy too," she says.


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