Grace Infant Care Center
Established in 1983

Organization of the Center

The Infant Care Center is governed by a board of directors composed of seven to nine members. One of these member positions is available to a parent of an infant enrolled in the center. The other positions are filled form the congregation of the church. The Director of the Center is responsible to the board and the board is responsible to the congregation.

Supplies

The center supplies two snacks, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, bibs, burp cloths, individual cribs, sheets, blankets, two 4-seat strollers, a 6-seat stroller, as well as an abundance of learning and play equipment.

Parents are required to provide milk, formula, food, diapers and clothing for daily needs. Bottles are brought from home.

Communication

Parent and teacher communication will be ongoing. Verbal and written communication are very important. Staff will record all infants’ daily activities on the sign-in sheet on their clipboards in the playrooms. This should be referred to each evening for the particulars of the day.

Fundraiser

The board has made every effort to keep the cost of running the center down, and, thereby also keeping tuition cost down. Currently, approximately 94% of our income goes to maintain the high quality of our staff.

For 2017,  the monthly fundraising contribution of $50.00 per month will continue throughout the rest of the year.   This tax deductible contribution allows the center to maintain its high level of service without the need for specific fundraising events.  We realize your personal time is at a premium and feel this approach (voted on by parents in the past) is better suited to meeting all of our needs.

Tuition Payments  

As of January 2017 our tuition is $1,995.00 per month at the time of admission and is payable by the fifth of each month. There are no deductions for vacations, sick days or holidays.

Space

Infant Playroom (7 Infants)
Toddler Playroom (8 Toddlers)
Nap room
Office/Staff lounge
Diaper Changing Room
Restrooms
Large Indoor Motor Development Room / Eating Area /Kitchen

Outdoor Play Yard / Garden

Operation of the Center

The center operates from 7AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday.  Pick up is required by 5:45pm.

Holidays

The Infant Care Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. It will also be closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
July 4th 

Labor Day
Indigenous People’s Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day and day after
Winter Recess (dates to be announced)
New Year’s Eve Day

Please note: A yearly Holiday Calendar will be provided to all families with the exact dates.

The center is also closed the entire week prior to Labor Day. This five day closure allows for thorough cleaning, staff meetings, as well as CPR and First-Aid Training as required for the staff.

Philosophy

The Infant Care Center provides experienced staff who are trained to provide a nurturing environment of trust and sensitivity to each infant’s needs. The staff realize that each individual infant is a separate functioning being who needs specific care and guidance and who is allowed to develop at his/her own pace. The staff observe each infant daily. Infants have freedom to explore and interact with other infants through one-to-one play, small group activities, and have time for individual uninterrupted play.  Infants are on personal sleep and feeding schedules.

Staffing Ratio

Infant Room – Two to Three caregiver for every three infants
Toddler Room – Two to Three caregiver for every four toddlers
Infants are on personal sleep and feeding schedules

©2007 Grace Infant Care Center