We are committed to supporting parenting teens. Their children receive first priority, up to 33% of the center's enrollment. The remaining child care slots are available to the general community. The variety of tuition sources provides a mixed socioeconomic population.
ages 6 weeks to 16 months
ages 16 months to 36 months
ages 36 months to 5 years
Additional fees: Late pick-up fees are $10 for first 15 minutes, and $1 per minute thereafter.
The staff is highly qualified and committed to their work with young children and their families. The educational qualifications range from an Associate's Degree to a Mater's in Early Childhood Education. Teachers receive annual CPR and First Aid training as well as 30 hours of professional development opportunities.
We believe that children learn best by hands-on exploration and investigations. This allows them to make connections through real-life experiences.
All classrooms utilize the Creative Curriculum. The resultant lesson planning is based on the interests and development needs of children in each class, as observed by their teachers. The Creative Curriculum allows staff to incorporate developmental milestones that are important to each child's development with areas that excite your child. All rooms have well developed and inviting "Interest Areas." These include large motor, small motor, science, water table, literacy, dramatic play/housekeeping, blocks and manipulatives.
All classrooms adhere to the guidelines set forth by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) regarding the number of children per classroom, as well as teacher-child ratios.
Children as assigned an "attachment caregiver" during their stay in each classroom. This staff member will interact more frequently with and will know your child better than other teachers.
Teen Parent Program
A key element of the philosophy of the center is to provide resources and models for teen parents that might enable them to receive their high school diploma and move forward with further education in mind. Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church supports a parallel program to the child care for the teens; Parenting ProGRESS (Promoting Growth, Responsibility, and Education with Spiritual Support) holds weekly life skills courses and occasional special events. A one-to-one mentor relationship with an experienced and trained volunteer is offered to interested parents, but is not required.
a commitment to supporting teen parents
The high school students are thus encouraged to complete their high school education and also supported in planning for next life steps. At a stressful crossroad, facing a decision affecting their future and that of their child, finding appropriate care for their preschooler is not one of their concerns. Whether they go on to further their education or take a job, they know their children can remain in the quality care and education program at Ravenswood Community Child Care Center.
We are committed to supporting the parenting teens attending high school, or graduates who have continued onto college; their children will receive first priority for enrollment, up to 1/3 of the center's enrollment, if there is a need. The remaining child care slots are available to the general community.
The variety of tuition sources promotes a mixed socio-economic population.