Community-Oriented Child Care

Child care is more than a job to me – it’s something I love and something I’m passionate about. I would love to open a center in the very near future. I believe that kids deserve more than they receive from many child care centers (recent news stories can attest to that), and my goal is to make a safe, loving and educational environment for them. I want this center to be something the community can be involved in, also, through volunteering and local sourcing.

Crowdfunding page for a cooperative child care center

My goal is to make this a community-friendly center (Madison Cooperative Learning Center is the pending name for this venture), and something different than what our lovely little town has already. It will be an educational and safe environment for our children, with a well-trained staff, and one where the children are the top priority.

Running a child care center is not cheap, and this campaign is for additional start-up capital, to help with the first year’s lease/rent and expenses. Once this program is up and running, I want to bring the community in on it in a variety of ways.

The current plans are to, in addition to regular staff, implement volunteer programs: These programs will allow family members to come in and volunteer in our classrooms and our center. This will allow them more time with their children and to see how our center is progressing. This will give them the opportunity to see their children in our environment and to see our staff at work. In addition to the time with their children and the interaction with the staff, they’ll receive a discount from their week’s tuition for volunteering.

I want to implement local sourcing, also. I plan to serve meals in our center and would love to use locally-sourced foods, if possible. My plans are to find out if this is an option in a child care center (and will comply with state regulations) and financially viable, and then meet with local growers and businesses to make this happen. I would love to have local community members and businesses – musicians, yoga instructors, artists and so on – come in also and provide learning experiences for the children in our care.

Long-term plans include a community garden, recycling program, and sharing with our children the importance of community resources and contributions.

This center will provide a safe and loving environment for children and parents, and connect with the community through cooperative interaction and business (local-sourcing and volunteering).

Even if we don’t reach our goal, your contributions will help build the foundations of what we’re trying to accomplish.

Sometimes not everyone is in a position to contribute, even to something they feel strongly about. Spreading the word about our campaign is helping, too! ūüôā

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It’s Related To Teaching

My children have these “agendas” that the school gives the students. It’s to record their homework & important things & such. It also has pages of information in the back: The periodical tables, math definitions, anti-bullying tips, things like that. These things¬†are like Trapper Keepers minus the 80s awkwardness!

trapper keeper
[I had this one!]

My son’s journal had a note for Tuesday: “No writing journal”. Okay, I’ll assume he didn’t do his writing journal. So.. is he supposed to do it Wednesday night? Is that just to let me know he didn’t have it? Does he get to make that up? I don’t know, it only said “no writing journal”. Yesterday’s note said something about how he didn’t do it (again), although she had written a note about it the day before. OH, so that was to let him¬†know to do it? I asked him that first day and his response was, “I don’t know if I’m allowed to do it or not”. Apparently he was supposed to make that up. Wow, aren’t I the worst mom ever, for not making him? *kicks rocks* Really though, I wasn’t sure if he was or not! O_o Well, now I know. Next time we’ll err on the side of caution.

I appreciate the fact that teachers are quite busy. Really, they are. I was a child care teacher for 14 years, and my classrooms were wayyyy smaller than headstart & school classrooms. Still – I’m one of those moms who needs a bit more input. A vague note doesn’t cut it for me. I like detail! I gave my son the “you need to keep up with this stuff and ask if you’re not sure!” lecture. That was probably¬†followed by “I have no idea how to do that 4th grade¬†math, ask your sister for help.” [Seriously, what is up with this astrophysics they’re calling math these days? I didn’t do this stuff until high school, & maybe even college].

Teaching is one of the things I’m considering when I (finally) finish my ECE degree. I love working with kids, and obviously it’s a career for me. I did spend the last 14 years working in child care (and I actually implemented lesson plans & curriculum, so none of that “just a babysitter” stuff!). I think I might have issues with all that rigid “planning for testing” stuff, though. I would want my classrooms to be fun. Learning should be fun. Kids learn best through play. I don’t give a boop [my son’s word of the morning] who you are or what you’re arguing: Kids learn best through play. You turn daily experiences and play into teachable moments, and kids thrive on that. That’s the kind of classroom I would have. I’m pretty much a big kid myself – I’m more than happy to teach kids about science by making Goobleck out of corn starch and water, and making a huge mess in the process. Did that at the center where I worked once: Man, was that ever a mess to clean up! Great fun, though. The kids loved it.

I respect teachers and all their hard work. They don’t get paid enough. Get off your butts, government parties, and pay teachers more. Seriously, all the “children are the future” crap that politicians spout? Put your money where your mouth is, chumps. Pay the teachers more and give them more than testing to work toward.

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