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New childcare center will be open 24 hours

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Initiative on 31st Street is sponsored by employers but all families eligible

By Vince Luecke

By VINCE LUECKE

TELL CITY – Perry County parents will soon have an around-the-clock option when choosing a child care provider.

Perry Childcare, which will open Aug. 3 at 1012 31st St. in Tell City, is the result of a months-long effort supported by local employers and the Perry County Development Corp.

Working with community members and employers, many of whom have long recognized the need for 24-hour child care in the area, Perry Childcare was able to secure the former Southern Indiana Resource Solutions’ building at the intersection of 31st and Tell streets.

“We are a nonprofit facility that will be open 24 hours a day, every day,” said director Jennifer Bryant.

“We know that not everyone works the same schedule or has the same needs when it comes to child care. That’s where we want to be able to provide a service. We strive to make a difference in the lives of children, families and in the community in which live and work.”

Bryant has been working since March and brings several years of child-care and early-learning experience, including Head Start.

Ages Served

Perry Childcare will offer childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old in four classrooms.  The center will be fully licensed by the state of Indiana. Meals and snacks will be provided each day, regardless of the times children are enrolled. Transportation will not be offered.

The center will also offer preschool to children ages 3 to 5. While students who are enrolled in child-care programs will receive preference when preschool classes are filled, students who do not attend child care can enroll.

Day care and preschool services will be tuition-based, meaning parents will pay for the services they use. However, parents who receive child-care vouchers may use them.

Bryant said the center will also offer drop-off services, including on weekends, until it reaches its full capacity. Those taking part in temporary child care must complete the same enrollment packet and meet all other requirements asked of other students’ families, including immunization records and physicals.

As its opening date nears, Perry Childcare is seeking donations of money, furniture, inside and outside toys, games, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bryant will also pick up items and those with things to donate can reach her at (812) 566-1795.

Perry Childcare is currently seeking staff in several areas. Bryant said the center, when at full capacity, will eventually have between 30 and 35 staff members.

“Anyone who would like to work in a fun, loving environment is welcome to apply,” she said. “All of our staff will be loving, caring and will have lots of training hours,” she said. Everyone who comes into contact with children will also be required to undergo background checks.

An open house will be held this summer, likely in July, once renovations are finished in the facility. For enrollment information, call Bryant at (812) 566-1795, stop by the center or visit its Facebook page at Perry Childcare.