Spotlight: SPSCC Daycare

SPSCC has a partnership with two child care programs located on the Mottman campus in building 20.

The first is South Sound Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). This program provides full- and part-time childcare for ages up to six years old and promotes providing a safe atmosphere for kids to play and learn. The YMCA is open from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday all year long. They watch children from students and faculty at the college, and from other families in the community that need care for their children during the work day.

Funding for the program comes from parent fees, fundraising, the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) child care subsidy, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Program. This pays for staff costs and training, classroom materials, food for the children, and rent office supplies.

The YMCA is licensed in Wash. and adheres to the requirements of all staff trainings, at least 20 hours. Cost of the YMCA depends on the child’s age and how many hours they attend, but most monthly costs range from $645 to $870, with discounts for employees of the program.

The second program is South to Harbor’s Head Start. This part-time preschool is for lower income families with children ages three and four, and stands to promote family engagement and school readiness.

Half day shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from noon to 3:30 p.m.,Tuesday through Friday. The shifts allow teachers to build strong relationships with not only the children but their families as well, according to Director Beth Schilling. “The reason I wanted to work for Head Start is because we work to set family goals for the children in the program and their parents,” said teacher Martha Wilcox, “I love working with children because even though I am the teacher, they are the ones who teach me everyday, and it is very rewarding.”

Head Start gets its funding from the same state programs as the YMCA and uses the costs about the same, with addition to paying for bus transportation and for family engagement activities. The children in this program usually have lower income parents, and this is why there is no cost for those at or below the poverty line.

To enroll your child in the YMCA, contact Head Director Jaime Card at (360) 596-5660 or at jcard@spscc.edu to schedule an appointment. Scholarships are available for SPSCC students with children in the program. For the Head Start program you must be
interviewed to meet qualifications
and may be placed on the waiting
list, contact Beth Schilling or
Faye Welch at (360) 596-5661 or at
bschilling@esd113.org.

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