Update at 3:45 p.m.
The Department of EEC has issued the following statement through their spokesperson, Ms. Kathleen Hart:
“The Department of Early Education and Care was disappointed to learn of Cape Cod Child Development’s decision to close. The Department is working with area partners to help provide stability for the impacted children, families and educators. Families who are receiving child care financial assistance from the state will not lose the funding due to this closure, as the Department’s priority is continuity of care for children.”
No further information is currently available on options for families losing their services now provided by Cape Cod Child Development.
Cape Cod Child Development Program will cease all programs, with their preschool program, school-aged program and family day care programs closing as of Friday, August 30th.
Cape Cod Today obtained a copy of a letter from CCCDP Board President Sally Fogerty to the union representing a number of workers the agency employs. The entire letter is published at the bottom of this story.
JTEC CEO Kristine Dower has not responded to email inquiries regarding the ending of the management agreement. JTEC had executed an affiliation agreement with CCCDP in March.
The Department of Early Education has not yet responded to our email query.
This is a developing story. We will post additional information as it is received.
August 26, 2019
Dear Ms. Kathy Melish,
It is with deep regret that we write this letter to inform you that after many hours of reviewing all the programs and operations of Cape Cod Child Development, the Board of Directors has determined to cease operations of all programs. Due to loss of preschool funding sources and an aging infrastructure, we will no longer have sufficient revenue to continue to operate. This means we will be closing all of our programs.
It is our expectation that the preschool program, school-aged program and family day care programs will close as of August 30, 2019. We will be working with the Department of Early Education on this transition.
CCCD received notice on August 22, 2019 that JTEC who had been engaged to provide management services was immediately terminating its management services contract with CCCD and that JTEC’s President and CFO would no longer be fulfilling the roles of CEO and CFO of CCCD. On Friday August 23, 2019, the CCCD approved the retention of Craig Jalbert of Verdolino & Lowey as Chief Restructuring Officer with authority equal to the President and Chief Financial Officer. He has assumed responsibility for leading CCCD during this process. Mr. Jalbert has extensive expertise in working through the types of issues currently confronting CCCD and evaluating all strategic alternatives.
CCCD is prepared to meet with you at your request regarding the effects of this decision and will fulfill its legal obligations related thereto. Please contact Jennifer Zetarski if you would like to schedule such a meeting.
Please know that this has been a very difficult decision and one which was made only after very carefully consideration of all options.
On behalf of the Cape Cod Child Development Board of Directors,
Sally Fogerty, President
Board of Directors
Craig R. Jalbert, CIRA
Verdolino & Lowey, P.C.
124 Washington Street, Ste 101
Foxboro, MA 02035