A Brief History of the Southampton Day Care Center

Southampton resident Kathleen Davis founded the Southampton Day Care Center in 1986 under the name "Fountain of Youth". Ms. Davis saw the need for safe, nurturing, low cost day care services for pre-school children of working parents. During the next fourteen years the center moved out of her home into the basement of a local church, received tax exempt status from the Department of the Treasury, and converted an overgrown vacant lot on David White's Lane into a sound and attractive building and playground. We began operation there in January of 2001 and currently have full enrollment in our day care program. Our license permits us to admit up to 30 children. We remain the only not-for-profit providers of these services in the local area.

Our staff consists of two certified teachers, three teacher's aides, a part-time bookkeeper and a full-time director. The ten member Board of Directors is a diverse group of local residents all of whom are year-round residents of the area. Our clients represent a cross section of local residents. We admit children from two years to five years and offer an attractive pre-school setting while providing day care. Our hours of operation are from 7 am to 6 pm - five days per week and we are open all year.

Our funding derives from several sources. Parent fees make up about 44% of our revenue. Village, town and county grants account for about 12% of revenue, government contracts supply 39% of revenue and local fund raising efforts account for about 5% of revenue

During the construction of our present building we received more than $230,000 worth of donated goods and services from local vendors and tradesmen. The balance of the construction was financed through a bank loan with the Bridgehampton National Bank. The Southampton Day Care Center recently converted this construction loan into a mortgage with The Bridgehampton National Bank for an initial principal amount of $121,965.53. This mortgage is almost paid down.

This is truly a community effort. We have enjoyed the support of many volunteers from the village, the town and beyond. Village and town officials have been helpful to us at every step. Many individuals have been generous in their cash donations. Our Board of Directors has worked hard to coordinate all of this generosity and channel it into this project.