To provide a licensed, high quality, educational and affordable child care program. To provide children (birth-12 years) a safe, nurturing and secure environment in which each child can develop to his or her full potential.
About our program
The Atchison Child Care Association operates a licensed comprehensive Child Care Program, Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with facilities for 179 (2 weeks to 12 years of age) children under the requirements of the Department of DCF, Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.
The program of the Atchison Child Care Center is not seen primarily custodial care for children but a program providing a flexible, loosely structured atmosphere fostering physical growth, emotional maturation, mental development, social skills, and for achievement of each child’s interests and abilities, with prime attention being paid to each child’s needs. We have a major purchase of service contract with Children of Family Service (DCF) for families who need assistance with childcare.
The purpose of this project is to operate a licensed year-round program for children who need child care.
Our education structure
The educational program is based on principals of child development and growth. The program’s flexibility will include a variety of indoor and outdoor activities planned to promote optimum development of children.
Equipment will be provided to encourage play in the following areas:
- Imaginative Play:
Example: Doll House corner, blocks, trucks and cars, dress-up clothes, sand and water table.
- Creative Play:
Example: Paints, crayons, scissors, paste and play dough.
- Large Motor Coordination:
Example: Climbing equipment, swings, wagon, tricycles, and slide.
- Fine Motor Coordination:
Example: Peg boards, puzzles, parquet blocks
- Intellectual Development:
Example: Books, music, study of nature, science.
- Language Development:
(individual and small groups) Field trips to a farm, apple orchard, fire station, zoo.
The Child Care Center schedule includes afternoon rest periods.
Transportation provided to and from local schools (K-5).