WEST BURBANK — Three years after opening its doors amid traffic, parking and noise concerns, the Mary Alice O’Connor Family Center maintains a waiting list in the hundreds and has registered no formal complaints, officials said.
The family and child-care center at 401 N. Buena Vista St. offers all-day care to 100 children ranging from infants to 5-year-olds, exceeding its capacity by 10 children because some attend fewer than five days a week, according to the latest enrollment figures.
The waiting list stretches about 2 1/2 years for the newly accredited center, Assistant Director Heidi Gonzalez said.
“If you’re even expecting to have a baby, get on the wait list,” Gonzalez said.
Some 20% of those slots are dedicated to low- and moderate-income families, with annual profits to the Burbank Housing Corp. reinvested to subsidize tuition or increase the level, said Maribel Leyland, senior redevelopment project manager.