Christian Child Care hosting workday for 25th anniversary
October 24, 2013, By Marla Blair, It may be a reason to celebrate, but Christian Child Care isn’t going to begin its 25th anniversary year with a lazy day of looking back and reminiscing. Opened in 1989, the child care and education center has evolved through hard work and perseverance, and the current administration and staff plan to keep the momentum going.
On Saturday, November 2, CCC is hosting a Family, Friends and Alumni Day – mixing business with pleasure as it kicks off a year-long celebration leading up to a 25th anniversary commemoration. Past and present families of Christian Child Care, friends in the community, and anyone who wishes to spend some time making a difference at the facility are invited to join in the work/fun day at 721 Wyatt Avenue, Lincoln.
Everything begins at 9 a.m. with a short prayer circle before volunteers spread out and get to work. Walls need to be painted, some areas need fall cleaning, and old carpeting will be pulled out of one of the classrooms and replaced. A lunch of chili and extras will be provided for workers around noon. Snacks, hot chocolate, cider and other beverages will be available throughout the day.
Work will continue until 5 p.m., when a bonfire will be built and barbequed ribs, brats and hot dogs will be served in return for all the help and support. Volunteers may arrive at any time throughout the day, and leave as their schedule demands. Any amount of time donated will be appreciated. There are small and big projects to fit all experience levels.
Christian Child Care isn’t just a big building that requires upkeep. It is filled during the week with babies, toddlers and preschoolers who are cared for and educated by a dedicated and qualified staff. Coleen Moore is the executive director who oversees operations, provides staff support, and has more than a few kind words to share with a rowdy four-year-old who can’t sit still or has hands that can’t keep to themselves.
She’s the boss, a friend and co-worker, the non-judgmental principal whose office is a quiet place to spend time out. Moore’s office is a safe and cozy place, but it houses a lioness ready to stand between adversity and her staff and the children. She loves the kids and she supports her staff so they can do their job – teaching and taking care of the kids.
“We have really taken that extra step in the day care field,” Moore stated in a recent conversation. “All my staff have received or are working to obtain their credentials. We’re always learning; always discovering new information.”
CCC is involved with initiatives from the IL Department of Child and Family Services, IL Department Human Services and Illinois School Board of Education. The child care center has been awarded accreditation with the National Association of Child Care Professionals, whose guidelines and requirements exceed those of DCFS.
“Along with education, we stress responsible work ethics,” Moore said. “The teachers and assistants are exposed to an assortment of situations and we have to follow the right path.”
Coleen Moore will be the first to tell you that day care facilities see a mild turnover in staff, but she sees it as progress for the individual and beneficial, in particular, for Christian Child Care.
“Keeping good teachers is expensive,” Moore stressed, “and it is not easy in this business to always be able to meet their needs. We pride ourselves on encouraging ongoing education in the field, and sometimes it is like we’re a training ground for the next stage in someone’s career.
“But, while someone is here, we benefit from their willingness to learn,” she confided, “and the initiatives they take to improve the children’s care and education. Christian Child Care wants to be on the cutting edge of education and child care methods that provide the best of everything for the children’s welfare and learning opportunities.
“The better we serve families and children, the better we serve the community,” Moore said. “We’re in charge of the next generation, and we have a responsibility to give them the best possible start in life.
“We have received support from United Way of Logan County, the Odd Fellows, local churches and so many others in the community,” Moore concluded, “and without those groups we wouldn’t be where we are today.
“While we’re asking for help on November 2, we expect to return the favor 100-fold, by continuing to care for the community’s children and supporting their families.”
Whether or not you can volunteer at Christian Child Care on Family, Friends and Alumni Day, a list of items needed includes: plastic sheeting or tarps; paint brushes, rollers or trays; cleaning products and cloths or paper towels; funds to purchase or certificates for paint; plastic buckets. Any and all donations will be appreciated and put to good use.
If anyone has questions about Christian Child Care or activity planned for November 2, contact Coleen Moore at 217-732-5750.