Monmouth Day Care Center to Be Honored at Spinnaker Awards Ceremony
For its outstanding programs and services to the community, Monmouth Day Care Center, 9 Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Red Bank, will be honored by Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) as the Non-profit of the Year at the 28th annual Spinnaker Awards, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Eatontown, 6 Industrial Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724.
The annual Spinnaker awards acknowledge and honor businesses and individuals for their contributions “above and beyond” that which is expected from a business or individual. For more than 26 years, EMACC has honored over 200 businesses, community leaders, and volunteers.
Among its many achievements and services, MDCC, star-rated through the Grow NJ Kids Program and recognized by the State of New Jersey Department of Health, received the Hot Shots for Tots Immunization Gold Award, only one of ten facilities to have received this award.
Thirty years ago, Monmouth Day Care Center became the first child care center in Monmouth County to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a voluntary certification that assures families that high, nationally accepted standards of care are being met. It has maintained this accreditation ever since.
In addition to providing the quality early education to children, MDCC also provides support to families. In 2010, a staff member recognized a child who was always hungry when the child was dropped off. The proud parent was not comfortable accepting handouts from MDCC. After a conversation with a local community partner, a food pantry was created that is open to everyone and allows complete anonymity to those who are unable to feed their families.
MDCC partners with the VNA’s WIC Program and is a host site the first Thursday of every month. The Backpack Crew and PNC’s Grow up Great Program also partner with MDCC. The common goal of these partnerships is the well-being of the family.
Because 90 percent MDCC families struggle to stay above the poverty line, MDCC makes it a point to support families, which is known to be beneficial to the child’s development. MDCC’s scholarship program and sliding scale tuition allows parents to better themselves through furthering their education or maintaining a job.
Other honorees include Arts & Education Center (NJ State Teen Festival) (Arts & Culture Award); Two Rivers Title Company, LLC (Community Service Award); 1Maurice Schwartz and Sons Inc. (Corporate Good Neighbor ); Carol Stillwell, Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. (Volunteer of the Year); Mayor Tony Perry, Middletown Township (Public Service Award); Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center (Serving Monmouth County for Over 50 Years) and Kevin Barry Moedt (EMACC’s Next Generation Leader).
For more information about the Spinnaker awards and to purchase tickets, visit https://emacc.org/spinnaker-awards/ or call the Chamber at 732-741-0055.
About Monmouth Day Care Center: Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. Visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter1969.org. for more information.
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.