A majority of preschool children receiving child care services in Jackson County are enrolled in small child care settings with family, friends, and/or relatives, or in small in-home preschools. These caregivers often care for their children eight to 10 hours a day with no other adult to offer respite and little opportunity to participate in professional development of any kind. Southern Oregon early learning leaders started creatively strategizing about ways to offer support to these providers, better prepare their young children for kindergarten, and provide professional development opportunities in the process.
Local Coordinated Cared Organization and bus partner, Jackson Care Connect, has donated the funds to purchase a bus that will transport young children from priority areas to Kid Time Children’s Museum for a variety of weekly learning experiences; literacy, art, music, tumbling, and other activities. The provider who accompanies the children will be mentored by the highly trained and experienced Kid Time teachers and instructors.
This is a win-win for everyone but most importantly, it’s a win for the young children who will be enthusiastically preparing for their successful passage into kindergarten! Sunny Spicer, Kid Time’s Executive Director shared, “We’re able to deliver really high quality preschool experiences for low-income kids and overcome our biggest challenge – getting them to our door!”