With a $50 million renovation and $1.5 million in new funding, New York City is making it easier for families to keep the nursery at home.
The project has also helped raise the morale of workers, said Sarah Schaffer, the project’s project coordinator.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill last week that allows the city to provide $1 million in grants to encourage residents to maintain their nursery, which opened in January.
But some have questioned whether the nursery will be able to keep up with demand as more families return to their homes, and they are concerned about how it will all end up.
The city’s nursery has seen a huge increase in visits during the past few years, with more than 600,000 visits over the past four years, said the project manager, Melissa Zimba.
She said she expects about 200,000 people will visit the nursery over the next three months, which is a record.
Zimbaras plan is to expand the nursery’s hours, and she is working with the city’s Housing Authority to help families with additional space.
Zimbabas plan includes a small garden with a pond in the back and a small play area in the front.
A few neighbors have expressed concerns about the nursery being too small, but Zimbalas said that the nursery has received praise from the residents.
She told Axios that the children have learned to walk on the garden and are working to expand its capacity, and the nursery is looking for volunteers to help out.
Some parents say they have found the nursery to be a little stressful.
“It is a little overwhelming for a parent to go into a nursery,” Zimbbalas told Axi.
“We are working very closely with the staff and they have been amazing.”
The nursery’s biggest challenge has been getting people to return to the nursery.
“The nursery is so big, we have to do a lot of work around finding space and the kids have to go in the garden,” Zimbabas said.
“That is a real challenge.
We have to get the kids to feel comfortable and comfortable again.”
New York has not released the exact cost of the project, but estimates range from $50 to $60 million.
But the city says that it has provided more than $1 billion in funding to support the project.