For 25 years, Marcellus Community Childcare Center, 1 E. Main St., has cared for infants to school age children full time year round. From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, the center will hold an open house.
"We have recently spent some New York State grant money, about $15,000, for new flooring, bathrooms, storage and carpeting," director Sharon Morgan said. "The open house will be to show off what we have done and to thank our volunteers. There are 20 volunteers, mostly parents from the center, who helped us paint, lay floor tile and plumbing."
The Childcare Center is licensed by the State of New York. There is a full time staff of eight and 15 part timers. All meet state qualifications in terms of their training and education. It is located in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church. Originally it was a mission of the church. "The pastor's wife at the time saw it as a need. It has since separated from the church. We currently rent space for them," Morgan said.
Seventy children are currently attending. They may come to the center as early as 7 a.m. and remain until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Fees vary based on age and attendance.
What do they do during the day?
"We take care of their basic needs to make sure they are fed, clothed and changed, the daily routines. Then we fill out the day with activities that children need to learn about their environment. We have real hands-on activities so that children are actively engaged during the day," Morgan said. "They get outside every day if the weather allows. There is a fenced in area and a gym area inside where they can play, ride bikes and play with balls if the weather is bad.