Child care at DayBreak

My children LOVED coming to DayBreak.  They looked forward to meeting with their friends and teachers. 

My son was excited to come every time.

They especially love the gym time.

My daughter really enjoyed herself each week.  

My son was very happy to come.

I absolutely loved the worker in my daughter’s class. 

 My son loves the workers in his class and loves gym time.

It’s great. Thank you!

Child care is fantastic and I am so thankful to all of the workers.  The kids always have a great time.

I am so thankful for the Child Care program. My children REALLY enjoyed going and especially loved the stories & gym time.

 

It may interest you to know that at least 12 – 15 caregivers work with the  children at DayBreak each week.  We hire a great group of workers–some from within our church, some from the community.  We have been very blessed to have a good number of consistent, faithful workers who love and are good with our little ones.  We also have a wonderful storyteller/craft lady, Lori Numrich, and several women who volunteer to receive your children, schedule the workers, and oversee the smooth operation on Thursday mornings.

We expect each mom who brings children to volunteer in childcare one morning during the term.  The additional help they lend is usually quite necessary to maintain safe adult/child ratios.  Besides saving on childcare wages, which our childcare fees do not fully cover, it is sometimes hard to find sufficient people to hire, even by using an agency, so having the moms volunteer helps to ensure we are fully staffed.  If we do have to hire workers from an agency, the cost is very expensive, and includes not only the hourly fee that the worker receives, but the agency fee and the worker’s travel expense.  We avoid that whenever possible!

We know that childcare fees seem like a lot, especially to pay in one shot at the beginning of the term.  However, childcare fees paid by moms cover about half  the cost of hiring our workers; the rest is worked into our DayBreak budget and subsidized by the church.  The fees work out to less than $3.50/week/child.  Even if you choose to pay the non-volunteer fee, it works out to less than $8.50/week, or less than $3.50/hr.  The only babysitter you will get for less is your mother!  We have looked into multiple ways of staffing our childcare, and are confident our rates and childcare arrangements are the best we can do in our situation.   We are also pleased to be able to offer a small source of income to those who work for us.

A volunteer childcare day is open to anyone, not just moms, and a credit is available to those who don’t bring children on their Daybreak fees if they do so.  Sometimes a grandma will volunteer, and moms are also given the option of a credit for a second childcare volunteer day, if they choose.  Anyone who volunteers is required to authorize a police check for security screening, which has become a routine part of volunteering with children anywhere.

We want to make it as easy and “friendly” as possible for friends and neighbors  to come to DayBreak, and to provide women with childcare that is known to be safe and reliable.  Women who put their child in a daycare setting expect high standards in the way of care, personal and legal safety, protection and reliability in the matters of security and measures of child safety.  Churches must likewise have high standards in these areas, just as much as schools and other services for children, so we do security screening and police checks and try to provide the best and safest care possible.

You may like to know that the paid child care workers had a training session before DayBreak started, in order to familiarize the workers with  rooms, routine, discipline policy, accidents/incident reports, and DayBreak in general.

If you are a mom who brings children to DayBreak, we thank you for entrusting them to our care on Thursday mornings.  We also thank you for taking your turn to volunteer!  We strongly encourage you to see your childcare volunteer morning as an opportunity to serve and enable other women to participate—part of community is serving each other.  Caring for the children and serving “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40) is very important to Jesus and to the concept of Christian community that we are trying to build.

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