The Family Support Council (FSC) is partnering with AmeriCorps member volunteers, who will implement interventions for both school readiness and trauma informed care in the FSC’s new program, Kit’s Valley Childcare. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing the school readiness skills of all the children enrolled in the program.
Rationale and Approach/Program Design
With this program, FSC will be creating a preschool/daycare for families, allowing one or both parents to return to work. This facility will also be utilized to help children and families who have had traumatic events (i.e. domestic abuse) in their lives by implementing trauma-informed interventions and also by allowing access to socially-appropriate peers.
At our facility, AmeriCorps members will help with assessing, teaching, and caring for the children in our service. Members will learn how to lesson plan, assess children, and use the assessments to create interventions to help children improve their skills in preparation for kindergarten. Caring for the children will include caring relationships, as well as helping to keep their environment clean (i.e. disinfecting toys/tables/chairs) and helping to ensure they receive nutritious meals and snacks via Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Studies have shown that children learn better when their basic needs (i.e. food, shelter, love, and water) are being met first, so we will do all we can to create a supportive, caring, and nutritious environment.
By creating this facility, we are not only helping parents to be able to return to work while being able to afford daycare, but we are also helping to prepare children for a more successful school experience.
Members serving in the Kit’s Valley Childcare will learn valuable skills in the early childhood education/education field. Members will learn how to write lesson plans, implement lesson plans, assess children, create and implement interventions, and foster a learning environment, both academically and socially. Members will also learn how to recognize trauma in children, as well as some interventions to begin to help the child heal the trauma.
Members will be recruited within a 200-mile vicinity of our facility, allowing FSC more changes to foster an inclusive service culture where different backgrounds, talents, and capabilities are welcomed and leveraged for learning and effective service delivery. Members are eligible for living allowances, as well as Educational Awards upon successful completion of the program.
Kit’s Valley Childcare will be run by Program Director Megan Harasha, under supervision from the FSC’s Executive Director Steve Decker.
Fees, Licensing, and Ratios
Our facility will be a Children’s Cabinet provider. Our fees will follow their fee schedule, and you will be able to apply for subsidies through their website:
Our fees (before subsidy) will be as follows:
Infants (birth to 12 months): $45/day
Toddlers (1-3 years old): $42/day
Preschoolers (4-6 years old): $37/day
Our facility is licensed by the State of Nevada Childcare licensing. Our license is posted on site. Should you have any questions or concerns about our facility’s license, please contact Megan Harasha at [email protected]
As per the State of Nevada’s Childcare ratios, we will be sure to follow these guidelines. It is our goal to have a 2:1 ratio. With this in place, we will have only 2 children per AmeriCorps member. This will help with our trauma-informed services, allowing for trust to be built amongst both the children and the member. We also see that this will help both children to work on their social-emotional skills alongside their school readiness skills.
Our facility is open from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
As two components of our program will be working so closely together, they will follow similar schedules. Our infants will be on a schedule that works for their age.
This schedule is working/flexible schedule. Extra time has been added to ensure time for washing hands and bathroom breaks. This schedule is not set in stone, and it may change as we begin our services.
|9:00-10:00||Arrival and Breakfast||Arrival and Breakfast|
|10:50-11:20||Fine Motor Skills||Literacy|
|12:05-1:00||Lunch and Recess||Lunch and Recess|
|1:00-2:00||Nap/Rest/Quiet Time||Nap/Rest/Quiet Time|
|4:00-5:00||Choice Time||Choice Time|
|5:00-6:00||Prepare to go home||Prepare to go home|