Monmouth Day Care Center Turns 50 with a Party and a Challenge!

Posted on February 7, 2019 By

Turning 50 for a business is a BIG milestone. Government officials, alumni, students and their families recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), Red Bank, with festivities and a challenge.

The celebrations began with a check presentation by Two River Community Bank; an official proclamation presented by Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna at Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street, declaring January 25 as Monmouth Day Care Center Day; and a birthday party.

Senator Vin Gopal, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Mayor Pasquale Menna, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Councilmen Ed Zipprich and Hasim Yassin attended the birthday party later that day along with students, families and alumni to mark the milestone birthday. John the Milkman (who delivers milk to the Center every day) provided music and Umberto’s in Fair Haven donated pizza. Each classroom was themed for a different decade.

Two River Community Bank, a long-time supporter of MDCC, donated $25,000 in honor of MDCC’s 50th Anniversary and has challenged the community to match their $25,000 donation now through December 31, 2019. Make checks payable to Monmouth Day Care Center or MDCC and mail them to MDCC, 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Write “Challenge” on check. Donations can also be made via credit card. Call 732.741.4313 or visit and click on the Donate Button.

Heidi Zaentz, executive director of MDCC, said, “Monmouth Day Care Center is truly a special place. Our 50 years of unending commitment to early childhood education and the welfare of our families have been and will always be our priority. We are overwhelmed by the support of the community and its leaders. The year 2019 will be an amazing 50th year for us, and we look forward to many more amazing years.”

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities. 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, a nonprofit, began with just one class of children in 1969. Today Monmouth Day Care Center, 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 2 months to 5 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 for more information.

History of Monmouth Day Care Center: MDCC was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 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. We love keeping everyone informed with press releases, such as this one; but, if you would like us to take you or your company off our regular email list, please let us know via phone or email. Our contact information is at the top of this release. ### Publicize or Perish! ™


#292: Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna declares Jan. 25 Monmouth Day Care Center Day, with Heidi Zaentz, Marlboro, MDCC Executive Director, and Lanae Herman, Rumson, MDCC Board President

#303: Proclamation Presentation-Red Bank Mayor Menna, Heidi Zaentz, MDDC Executive Director; Lanae Herman, MDCC Board President

#417: Group Photo at Proclamation Presentation-Children in front row: Briana Bennett, Lincroft, MDCC student; Charlotte Thomas, Fair Haven; Raymond Thomas, Fair Haven; Austin Schmetterer, MDCC student and MDCC alumnus Isaac Schmetterer, both of Red Bank.

Next row: Debra Lee Iapicco Lincroft, MDCC Brd Secty. And former MDCC Brd. Pres; Teresa Jahns, Brd. Member; Lauren Bennett, Lincroft, Brd Member and parent of two children; Dolores Feinswog, Sharewsbury, original Brd Member and former Pres; Jon Friedman, Fair Haven, former Brd Member; Linda Friedman, Red Bank, Brd. Member; Mayor Pasquale Menna; Heidi Zaentz; Lanae Herman; Dave Schmetterer Red Bank, Brd Member; Laraine Gaunt, Red Bank, Brd Member; Eliot, Red Bank, Alumnus and RBR student; Kate Okeson, Red Bank, Parent Alumni*; Joanne Giordano, Red Bank, Brd Member; Elizabeth Goss, Oceanport, Brd Member and Past Pres.; Nancy Trimble, Jackson, Dir. of Operations, Parent Alumni*, dedicated to working at MDCC for 34 years

#353: Two River Bank Check Presentation – Robin Fitzmaurice, Rumson, VP Commercial Loan Officer; Dolores Feinswog, Shrewsbury, Founding Mother, Brd Member for 50 years, and former Brd Pres; John Milnes, Oceanport, Two River Community Bank; Bill Moss, Little Silver, former Brd Member, CEO & chairman of Two River Community Bank; Lanae Herman, Rumson, MDCC Brd President; Heidi Zaentz, Marlboro, MDCC Executive Dir.; Brendan McLoughlin, Red Bank, Parent Alumni*, MDCC 2nd VP and Pres. Elect; June Seligman, Red Bank, Founding Mother, Brd Member for 50 yrs., and former Pres.

#351: Dignitaries at Monmouth Day Care’s 50th Anniversary Celebration – Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling; Dolores Feinswog, Shrewsbury, Founding Mother and Board Member for 50 years; Lanae Herman, Rumson, Board President; Heidi Zaentz Marlboro, MDCC Executive Director; Amy Thomas, Fair Haven, MDCC Development Coordinator; Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso; Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, former Middletown Mayor

#384: Banner and Party Cakes to Celebrate 50 Years

#349: Let the Party Begin! – Dina Harris, Ocean, MDCC Chef, Cutting the Cake #389: Anita Taylor, Eatontown, a 21-year Lead Teacher, with one of her students at MDDC #382: Red Bank Mayor Menna and Anita Taylor, Red Bank, with MDDC Children *All her children attended MDDC