CHILDCARE RESOURCES OF INDIAN RIVER INC
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Children & Youth, Education
Location: 1901 24th Street Vero Beach FL 32960 USA
To ensure the availability and affordability of high quality early childhood and family support programs for children of income eligible working families in Indian River County (FL).
Results: Our children are ready for kindergarten when they leave our program. We are able to spot difficulties early on and intervene to overcome these challenges. We opened our new Education Center in September, 2010 to increase the number of affordable quality enrollments available for infants and toddlers in this county.
Target demographics: We provide care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The families are in the 150%-200% range of the federal poverty level. The parents all work full time, go to school full time, or do some combination of the two that adds up to full time. All of our families live in Indian River County, FL.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 96 children in the 2010-2011 school year.
Programs: Childcare Resources currently provides quality childcare for 96 children. 43 of those children are in centers we contract with in Indian River County. 53 of the children are cared for in the Childcare Resources Education Center. Our emphasis in all centers is quality which includes low student-teacher ratios, developmentally appropriate curriculum, trained staff and ongoing professional development.
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My daughters and I have been members of the Childcare Resources family for nearly 5 years. The program is fantastic, and quite honestly, I don't know what I would do without it. As a single working mother its always a struggle to make ends meet, and the cost of childcare at a reputable facility is out of reach for me without their help. Like all parents, I want nothing more than for my children to be successful in their lives so its important to me that they attend an educational facility with trusted instructors, and not be at a baby sitters home watching cartoons all day. Childcare Resources allows me to keep my children in a high quality NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited childcare facility without the fear of not being able to put food on the table. As a result, when my daughter (now 7 years old) graduated from the VPK program end entered kindergarten, she was already able to read. At her last grading period (A-B Honor Roll!), her 2nd grade teacher asked my permission to have her tested for the gifted program. I couldn't be more proud of her! I truly believe that her early educational experience while enrolled in the Childcare Resources program has had a direct impact on her success thus far, and for that I am sincerely thankful to them. Everyone at Childcare Resources is very kind and makes you feel like family. They really want to make a difference, and it shows. I am very fortunate to have found them.
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I have a lot of friends in other counties (Brevard, St Lucie) who would greatly benefit from the help of Childcare Resources. Maybe one day, they will be able to expand into surrounding counties so their help can cover a larger area.