St. John’s Circle of Care expanding child care services
Childcare is a basic necessity for most working families. Because most parents work outside the home, most children under five years old receive child care from someone other than a parent. In the United States, more than 60 percent of children under six spend time in non-parental care.
We all want to leave our children in capable hands when we go to work, but finding — and affording — good care is a burden that families shouldn’t have to shoulder alone.
It is good news for Springfield that St. John’s Circle of Care is expanding its child care facilities by converting the former assisted living apartments into pre-school classrooms on the second floor in St. John Lutheran Home.
St. John’s Circle of Care is holding open house celebrating the expansion of GrandKids/VIK Daycare Center today (Wednesday, May 15), from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Bring the whole family and spend some time visiting with staff, touring the facilities, and enjoying refreshments. Children are invited to romp in the nice, big playgrounds.
“We will open the day care on Monday, May 20,” said GrandKids Director Amy Arrendondo. “We are ready to go. We’re just getting started, but with more to come.”
St. John’s GrandKids//VIK (Very Important Kids) offers three levels of care for:
• Infants and toddlers, ages 6 weeks to 33 months, is currently licensed to care for four infants and seven toddlers. “We are planning to increase space for toddlers and request a license for 11 children this fall,” said Arrendondo. “We are expanding in stages. We will provide lots more room to move around and explore.”
• Pre-school children, ages 33 months to kindergarten, currently licensed to care for 40 children. The infants will remain on the ground floor of the facility.
• Summer and VIK / latchkey program, licensed to care for 42 children.
The pre-school and summer VIK children will be cared for in the upstairs, that was formerly the Vista Ridge Apartments.
See complete story in this week's issue of the Springfield Advance-Press.