A special thank you to our Grant Partner Montgomery County Child Development Association for writing this guest blog and telling us about their work.
In the fall of 2018, after Red Oak, Iowa was identified by Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) as having insufficient childcare availability, a small group of citizens joined together to address the lack of quality, affordable childcare for our community. The group quickly expanded to form a board-governed 501c3 non-profit corporation, the Montgomery County Child Development Association, Inc. (MCCDA). The MCCDA is now a large coalition of individuals with broad and diverse backgrounds working towards the goal of opening the Red Oak Child Development Center (ROCDC).
The ROCDC will provide quality child care, 3-year-old preschool, before and after school care, and school- aged summer programs in a safe and nurturing environment. The goal is to accommodate local employees (and local businesses by extension), commuters, and families faced with daily childcare needs. The program will support the optimal wellness of children by focusing on developmentally appropriate cognitive, social, behavioral, and emotional skills. The ROCDC is happy to be the accepted partner of the Red Oak Community School District. The district will also lease part of the newly remodeled Red Oak Early Childhood Center, the current home of the Red Oak Preschool (4 year-old). This unique partnership will be advantageous for the community, school district and childcare center by conveniently introducing, acclimating and transitioning children to an already familiar educational environment.
In early 2020, MCCDA was the recipient of an IWF Child Care Solutions Fund grant. “Montgomery County Child Development Association is fortunate to have the support of the Iowa Women’s Foundation, and we are proud to be the recipient of a child care grant. As a business that is starting from the ground up, these funds are a tremendous benefit to our program,” says Jacque Howell, ROCDC Director. Grant funds will be used to help offset the cost of furnishing childcare classrooms with quality, safe, age appropriate furniture. As we gear up to open the Red Oak Child Development Center in 2020 we are preparing to fully furnish an infant room (6wks to 12 mo), a transition infant room (12 to 24 mo.), a 2-3 year old room, and a 4-6 year old room.