Mission: The friendship center is a non-profit corporation for the purpose of allowing children ages 2 1/2 to 6 the opportunity to be cared for in a safe, secure, and christian environment which offers opportunities to promote the growth of the whole child - physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Opportunities will be offered for interacting with retired men and women through special intergenerational programs.
Programs: The friendship center is an intergenerational child care facility that incorporates senior citizens from heath village, an adjacent retirement community, into its child care programs. Senior volunteers assist the center's professional staff by teaching bible stories and foreign languages, conducting nature walks, providing musical accompaniment, reading stories, and supervising craft and woodworking projects. Children also interact with seniors through a pen pal program, at special events and holiday celebrations, and during monthly visits to the heath village healthcare center. Other programs and activities include art, computers, dance, field trips, science/nature, soccer, swim lessons, and more. The facility also utilizes an interactive white board which incorporates technology into the lesson plans. The programs are developmentally age appropriate and are designed to foster self-confidence, improve competence in self-help skills, and develop those language abilities and inner controls necessary for effective social interaction. The facility stresses the process of learning and discovery to prepare the child for the many and varied learning situations he or she will encounter throughout life, attaching equal importance to emotional, physical, social and intellectual development. During the fiscal year ending june 30, 2014, the facility served 90 students throughout the regular school year and summer camp combined, and provided $1,424 in scholarships.