Door County Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Door Community Child Development Center plans to begin providing childcare services starting September 7th.
The Door Community Child Development Center will be located in Sturgeon Bay’s former childcare center, the Barker Child Development Center, which was shuttered in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and permanently closed at the beginning of July.
The quick reopening of Sturgeon Bay’s primary childcare facility is the result of weeks of hard work by the Barker Center’s former director, Alexis Fuller, and the combined efforts of Door County Medical Center and the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. The Door Community Child Development Center building, which is owned by the YMCA, will now be leased by Door County Medical Center.
“This opportunity is the result of Alexis’ many years of leadership in childcare programs working for the YMCA’s Barker Center program,” notes Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens, adding, “But, this also couldn’t have been possible without the YMCA partnership on the lease of the building, as well as their very generous donation in equipment and supplies to ensure a successful opening and operation of the center.”
“Child Development Centers are so much more than babysitting; they are a safe haven for children to be themselves, have a sense of belonging, learn new skills, and grow lifelong friendships. They are a home away from home,” says Ms. Fuller. “The past few months without a childcare center in Sturgeon Bay have certainly created a void in the community. During a time when so much is unknown, and there is so much fear, when it’s difficult to hide these things from our children, they have not been able to go to their home away from home.”
Tuition rates for the Door Community Child Development Center will be competitive with other childcare centers in Door, Brown and Kewaunee counties. Additionally, along with state subsidies, a scholarship fund is being established to help families cover tuition costs. “Parents,” Ms. Fuller points out, “should be able to have a career, and do what they love, without first calculating if it makes sense with the cost of childcare.”
The Door Community Child Development Center will be following the Creative Curriculum, which will include Wisconsin model early learning standards, and will be working with Youngstar to be formally rated within the first year of opening. The Door Community Child Development Center will be open 5 days a week from 6:00AM – 5:30PM, and providing childcare to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. It is located at 1743 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. Parents can add their name to the waiting list at: app.waitlistplus.com/DoorCommunityChildDe/Portal/Signup. Enrollment begins August 10th.