Monmouth Day Care Center Now Open!

Posted on August 10, 2020 By

Now that Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, N.J., is open again, Heidi Zaentz, MDCC executive director, said, “It’s wonderful to hear the sound of children in the building again.” While the Center was closed, the board of MDCC called all families on a regular basis, sent out emails, and posted news on Facebook to stay in touch with families. In addition Zoom classes were held for the children.

MDCC is taking measures to ensure the health and safety of every child and staff member. Only staff and children are allowed in the Center. Besides screenings at the front door, teachers are cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, toys, surfaces, etc., a minimum of four times a day. The playground is also being disinfected after each class uses it. Classrooms are limited to 10 children.

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities. During the coronavirus lockdown, MDCC partnered with the BackPack Crew, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, helping to get food and other items to the homes of needy families in the area. Friends of MDCC also went shopping for families and acted as a resource for families.

MDDC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify. Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information.

About Monmouth Day Care Center: Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym; a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids.
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History of Monmouth Day Care Center: MDCC began with just one class of children in 1969. It was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and star-rated by Grow NJ Kids. It was established under the sponsorship of the Revitalization Corps, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Red Bank Section, Junior League of Monmouth County, Council of Churches, and Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Central New Jersey.