On a recent sunny, warm spring evening a celebration came together. A truck rolled across the lawn with musical instruments. Folding tables opened up and foil pans lined the tops. Coolers with water and lemonade were at easy reach for guests of all heights.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families joined with the staff of Carroll Child Care and Learning Center for the Moving On Ceremony and family picnic. The children helped cut vegetables and fruit for the salad bar set out for dinner. Mr. Monte and his sons played live music. Families spread out blankets and chairs under the shade of the trees to picnic together. Parents crafted games out of pool noodles and all had Kona Ice. Moms, dads and grandparents discussed engaging school readiness activities to enjoy with their children this summer. We celebrated the Pre-K friends who will go to kindergarten in the fall with songs, poems and a poster created by preschoolers. CCCLC serves families.
Carroll Child Care and Learning Center serves families of all income levels. This is our mission each day. We welcome military families who receive reimbursement through Child Care Aware for part of their tuition bill. We welcome single-parent families who receive state subsidies to pay part of the tuition bill. We welcome families who enroll more than one child and receive a tuition discount. We welcome families who earn up to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and qualify for tuition reduction through the Sliding Scale Tuition Relief Program. Funding for the Sliding Scale is supported by United Way, the Kahlert Foundation, local businesses and churches and individual donors. We appreciate our funders because we are able to serve families of all income levels. It is our goal to increase the number of families receiving Sliding Scale this year.
Volunteers are part of the CCCLC family. They join in the classrooms from Target Community Educational Services, Inc. and Change, Inc. Volunteers from Kiwanis of Westminster, Aktion Club, Key Club, Silver Oak Academy, Knorr Brake and Comcast volunteer for facility projects and the board of directors volunteer to oversee a well-run nonprofit.
How can you help families of all income levels? CCCLC seeks volunteers and donations to continue the Sliding Scale Tuition, health, nutrition and arts programs we offer to all families. Refer a family for quality child care or job seeker, inquire about an internship or join the board of directors. Visit us at www.carrollchildcare.com and like us on Facebook.
Kara McFalls in the executive director of Carroll child Care and Learning Center. Reach her firstname.lastname@example.org.