CHILDCARE SERVICES (AGES 2-6)
Monroe County United Ministries provides full-time, year-round affordable childcare for children ages two through six. MCUM has the capacity to care for 97 children at one time and maintains a waiting list for its high-quality, affordable program. Parents must be Monroe County residents and be working full-time or working part-time while attending school. A few spots are available for children of full-time students.
THE COST OF CARE
Although the program is open to households of all income levels, low-income families receive first priority for enrollment. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Providing high-quality childcare in our center costs $210 per child per week for children in the 3-5 year-old range, and $250 per child per week for 2 year olds. The average family on MCUM’s sliding scale pays $60 per week, and a discount is available to families with more than one child enrolled. Eligible families are asked to apply for support through the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF), administered by Chances and Services for Youth (CASY).
WHY MCUM’S CHILDCARE PROGRAM?
MCUM’s Childcare Center is licensed by the State of Indiana. For more information about licensed childcare centers versus other provider options, visit the Indiana’s Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA) website. The FSSA site also provides a service called Carefinder, which allows parents and other concerned community members to search for care options and see the results of provider inspections and complaints filed against providers. MCUM’s Childcare Program has also:
- Achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has been accredited since 2004.
- Achieved Level 4, the highest level available, in FSSA’s Paths to Quality voluntary assessment program for care providers. Level 4 indicates that the program has national accreditation.
- Recognized as a 5-star facility as part of Indiana’s 5-Star Environmental Recognition Program for Child Care Facilities.
- Awarded the Gold Standard by the Child and Adult Care Food Program in recognition of healthy menus and wellness policies.
MCUM’s program provides two meals and a snack each day, uses a play-based curriculum that prepares children for success in school, provides basic health services (flu shots, lead screenings, dental clinics, etc.), provides a parent resource room with employment and parenting resources, and works with many community partners to provide the best possible care.
For enrollment information, contact Traci Mehay, Childcare Director, at (812) 339-3429 x10 or complete the form below.
WHY QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE?
Numerous research studies have shown that high-quality early childhood education can have a long-lasting impact on the child, the family, and the broader community. Research indicates that quality early childhood education is one of the best investments a community can make because it:
|Creates successful students by…
||Creates responsible adults by…
|Creates stronger communities by…
||Allows for better employment of parents by…
For more resources on the importance of early childhood education, visit our Helpful Links page.
FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS
I am interested in enrolling a child in your program. Please contact me. [Me interesa matricular a mi niño en su programa. Por favor contácteme.]
Families seeking childcare might also be interested in the resources provided by Childhood Connections. Call 1-866-693-0672 for more information. [Tal vez les interesan los recursos proveído por Childhood Connections. Llame 1-866-693-0672.]
- The current issue of MCUM’s Working Together newsletter includes your child’s classroom’s calendar.
- The program calendars for the 2014-2015 school years include holiday and closing information for the Childcare Program.
- The 2016 Parent Handbook can answer your questions about a wide variety of policies and procedures.
Online resources for parents are available at our Helpful Links page.
Winter Weather Policy: Remember that if MCCSC closes due to winter weather, MCUM closes as well. If there is a weater-related delay, MCUM operates on a normal schedule.
Family members are reminded that they are always welcome in our classrooms. Feel free to visit anytime. If you would like to eat a meal with your child, please let the staff know in advance so that the kitchen can plan ahead