New childcare option available for students

MCCC parents can now seek a childcare service down the road.
Meadow Montessori School has designated an area to provide childcare for MCCC students and staff. Randy Daniels, vice president of Student and Information Services,
took a tour of the facility and met with staff members there.
“The room is well-equipped with
developmentally appropriate learning material and readily available for more of our students to utilize,” he said in an email about Meadow Montessori.
“It’s an opportunity for our students
to have something that’s close, convenient
and affordable,” he said.
“They’re serving a few of our students now.”
  Catharine Calder, head of Meadow Montessori, said they are offering a
drop-in preschool for 3-6 year olds at the school.
Children are immersed in a Montessori atmosphere and learn a variety of subjects that include math, sciences, geography, and two foreign languages: Chinese and Spanish. The language classes are taught by native speakers.
“Montessori looks at education holistically” Calder said.
One way it accomplishes this task is building community in the classroom.
“It’s like a family. We work so hard to create that sense of community,”
she said.
Calder said the school is not currently accepting drop-in childcare for infants and toddlers.
 MCCC’s childcare center saw its doors close last spring when it was unable to secure a vendor. The Board of Trustees voted to “privatize” the service.
Marina Harvey, Meadow Montessori director of development, said students should not use the school as a site to deposit their child for a couple of hours.
“We need to talk with the parents first. It’s really on a case-by-case basis,” she said.
“I do not want to give people the wrong impression.”
Prospective students and staff are required to fill out paperwork before enrolling their children in a program.
Harvey also said they do put caps on the number of children, and it depends on their age.
“We’re willing to work with students to create something for them,” she said.
“We’re willing to help.”
According to Daniels’ email, The Meadow Montessori childcare program is $5 per hour.
Daniels said the campus charged $3.50 per hour and added a $25 technology fee each semester.