Having just opened in June 2008, Adventure Time preschool located on the Pleasanton school district's headquarters grounds will close its doors for good on Thursday.
The school board tonight will discuss and possibly take action on selecting preschool operator Kindango to provide care for children 3 to 5 years old at the facility. The board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the school district offices.
That new operator, if approved by the board, wouldn't start operations before July 1 at the earliest, leaving chldren now enrolled at Adventure Time with no preschool starting Friday.
Although apparently filled to capacity, Adventure Time reportedly has financial problems that are forcing it to shut down.
Adventure Time director Susan Sung confirmed the closure and said that parents and the school district were given two months notice. As to the reason for the closure, Sung declined to comment.
Open to the public, Adventure Time also caters to children of the school district who have found it to be a convenient, centrally-located preschool. Like other parents with children enrolled at Adventure Time, they are scrambling to find day care for the remainder of the school year.
Alma Avalos, a teacher at Valley View Elementary School, is struggling to find a place to take her children.
"They could have waited until the end of the school year," she said.
Having paid in full through the end of the month, Avalos said she was upset to see that the school's walls are bare, that it has minimal activities and very little furniture. She said there are a lot of complaints from parents who had offered to bring children their own food instead of the daycare providing a meal service, in an effort to cut back on costs.
"They were losing money on the preschool, but their enrollment is full and they had a wait list," she said, adding that her daughter was on the wait list for full-time care.
Myla Grasso, district spokeswoman, said Adventure Time had notified the district that it was experiencing "financial issues."
"They had a loan for building in another city and the loan was called in, so they weren't able to run the program here any longer," she said.
The private, nonprofit child care provider moved into the location at 4667 Bernal Ave. after it was vacated in December 2007 by the Tri-Valley YMCA program.
According to the Adventure Time website, www.adventure-time.com, it still appears to be providing daycare service through elementary schools in Castro Valley, Fremont, Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward and Napa.