In June 1968, five residents of Monterey Avenue decided they’ve had enough of the same old neighborhood, it was time to clean it up. Garbage was not being collected, streets were dirty and crime was not getting any better.
Born out of this meeting was a tenant group called “The Monterey Community Association.” From the onset, they began addressing the problems in the community. Soon with the help of local politicians such as Assemblyman Robert Abrams, local television and continued pressure on city officials through petitions the Monterey Community Association began affecting change in the community.
From that small beginning, the group expanded into positive community self-help program which was hailed by then Borough President Herman Badillo as a model for various groups through-out the Bronx.
Shortly after, the Monterey Community Association began to sponsor and develop other programs to meet the needs of the community. At the fore front were programs such as…
• Education and Job Placement
• Welfare Action Programs
• Summer Programs for Children
In 1970, a Day Care Committee was formed to work on the establishment of a Day Care Center in the community. On March 1, 1971, the center opened – initially servicing 100 children. In 1973 a Family Day Care Program servicing 55 children was added. The committee then became the Board of Directors of the Tremont Monterey Day Care Center, Inc.
Over the past thirty five years, we have expanded our activities and today we provide day care and nutritional services to over nineteen hundred children in our three group day care facilities and in more than two hundred homes in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Our group day care program at 887 Crotona Park North is nationally accredited and our facility at 1600 Bathgate Avenue is one of the finest of its kind in New York City. Our Food Program is one of the largest programs in New York State.
We continue to welcome the participation and assistance of parents, educational institutions, churches, and governmental officials in our effort to provide the children of our communities with the highest level of care.