SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new childcare center serving families and children of the backstretch community at Saratoga Race Course is scheduled to open this summer, it was announced Friday.
The 4,300-square-foot childcare center will be located on the Oklahoma track side of the Saratoga backstretch and paid for by Michael and Lee Dubb. The facility will be named Faith’s House, in honor of Faith Dubb, mother of Belmont Child Care Association founder and board chairman Michael Dubb.
The plan is to open the facility in conjunction with the New York Racing Association’s summer meet at the track, which begins in mid-July and brings nearly 1,000 NYRA backstretch workers to the track.
Faith’s House will provide child care and early education programs for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children, officials aid. The center will be open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate the schedules of backstretch workers and horsemen.
“All working parents deserve to know that their children are being cared for in a safe, healthy and enriching environment during the workday,” said Dubb, who is a metro New York housing developer, prominent thoroughbred owner and a member of the NYRA Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to extend this important program to the hardworking families of the Saratoga backstretch community, who provide a vital service to the racing community.”
A similar center is already located at NYRA’s Belmont track.