As of October 16, 2018, TCCC is serving 75 children and is fully staffed with 29 personnel.
- HVAC: new units were installed for the Williams Building first floor. These costs were covered by the Child Care Center. Consideration of adding units to the second floor of the William’s Building is under discussion.
- Kitchen floor: a new floor was installed as required for the Richmond Health Department for child care licensing purposes. Previous issues with the installation have been corrected and ceramic tile was added under the stove. TCCC and the church shared this project’s cost equally.
- Building permit has been issued for Williams Building’s entryway.
- In preparedness for the new TCCC entryway, a new sandbox was added in a new location and the toy shed was moved. These costs will be covered by the Child Care Center.
- A small gate will be added to the back blacktop fencing. Playground fencing and gate will be repaired. These costs will be covered by the Child Care Center.
- Due to increased rigor in education practices and a demand for services, TCCC added a new classroom. The Junior Kindergarten classroom for older 4 and 5-year-olds opened in early September 2018 with 9 children. Many repairs and renovations were completed over the summer by vendors and volunteers.
- Classroom was painted
- New lights added in small nooks
- Electric short in switch was repaired
- Carpets were cleaned and new area rug added
- Blinds added
- Tables refinished
- Whiteboard added
- New licensed teacher was hired
- Upstairs there are two classrooms: the Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten. There are 18 total children, 2 licensed teachers, and one
- Three scholarships were awarded to children in these classrooms for the
2018-2019 academic year.
- The Scholarship Committee will continue building a process timeline to establish practices and protocol for the 2019-2020 academic year.
- Four scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year were offered, and three accepted.
- The committee reached out to additional community groups, however in other cases, families could not provide transportation and they chose not to attend.
Child Care Online Database: Tadpoles
- TCCC piloted an online database to aid in daily communication, attendance, and employee time called Tadpoles. Initially 2 refurbished iPads were purchased and three classrooms partnered in the pilot.
- Parents and staff found the program efficient and effective and the program will be rolled out to remaining classes in mid October.
- This will aid in emergency communication to parents/staff/devices.
- Junior Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten were invited to the Governor’s Mansion to meet the Governor, First Lady, and First Dog for a pumpkin festival. 17 children, 4 teachers, and three parents took the GRTC buses to the Capitol grounds for the event.
- The Green and Yellow Room children will be headed to the pumpkin patch for a hayride and pumpkin picking, weather permitting this month.
- TCCC has moved to using compostable sugar cane bowls instead of styrofoam. The center will continue to move toward more green efforts with other serving products.
- TCCC children in the Yellow, Pre-K, and Junior Kindergarten rooms participate in music class led by Judy Fiske and volunteer church member Helen Davidson.
- TCCC children continue to participate in a weekly chapel conducted by the director and pastoral staff on a rotating schedule every Thursday.
- Yoga was added as an extra-curricular program. The Blue and Green rooms participate if parents opt in on Friday mornings. This is the first extracurricular activity having access to the Blue Room.
- The Center is preparing for the annual Fall Fest October 25th at 5 pm.
- A parenting seminar is planned for November 8th and all families of TBC and TCCC are invited. TCCC plans to work with the children’s ministry to plan similar events and other festivities throughout the year.
- As of September 30, 2018, TCCC’s financial condition continues strong. For more detail, see TCCC Financial Reports included elsewhere in this Quarterly Business Report. The 2019 TCCC budget is being drafted with input from the Church Administrative Board on shared expenses, with congregational review and approval planned concurrently with the Church’s 2019 budget process.
Kristen OSullivan, Ed.S.