The Atchison Child Care Association has proudly served children and families since Oct. 1, 1968. We are a non-profit, year-round child care/preschool program closing for legal holidays.

Our Mission Statement: “To provide a licensed, high quality, educational and affordable child care program. To provide children (two weeks through 13 years) a safe, nurturing and secure environment in which each child can develop to his or her full potential.”

The goal for the center is to give a combination of excellent care and many educational experiences. The educational program for nursery, early preschool and preschool is based on Piaget’s principles of child development and growth. The role of the teachers is not so much to “simply teach,” but to bring learning to life. Our work is child’s play.

The center is licensed for 179 children by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and is open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A child may be admitted into our center two days after completed application has been returned to the office by the child’s parent or legal guardian. A waiting list is established when the licensed capacity is reached. A physical examination by a licensed physician or the local health department must be completed and immunizations started and completed within a reasonable time. Reminders are sent to parents when immunizations are due.

Children enrolled in our child care center are automatically enrolled in our:

Nursery School Program for 2-3 year old children.

3 year old “Early Preschool Program” (8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with lunch).

4 year old “Fab 4 Program” (8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with lunch) children that are not going into Kindergarten the next fall.

4 year old “Kindergarten Readiness Preschool Program, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with lunch, five days per week.

In the daily programs children have opportunities for growth in socialization, speech and language, self-concept, self-help, fine and gross motor coordination, health, nutrition, safety, personal safety, music, science, art, imaginative and creative play. Atchison Child Care preschool programs will begin on Monday, Aug. 20. You may enroll for “Preschool only,” which is 20 hours per week.

Kindergarten and school-age children are provided with a before-and-after school program. They are given breakfast, transportation to and from local schools and receive an afternoon snack, followed by indoor-outdoor free play, games, art and craft projects, homework and tutoring when needed. School age children are cared for full-day during school holidays and summer months. During the school year, there is a 5-hour per week minimum charge for a.m. care and another 5-hours per week for afternoon care.

Parents are required to pay for 35 hours each week for all children in the summer and for all except school age during the school year. Children enrolled for a full day receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

The Atchison Child Care Association participates in the Child Care Food Program administered by the State Department of Education. Well-balanced meals are an important feature at the center. By participating in this program, the sponsor will make meals available to all children regardless of race, color, national origin or ability to pay and are in attendance at meal-time. The center will receive reimbursements at varying rates, according to the income levels of the families of the children served.

Various field trips are offered throughout the year. During the summer we participate with the Atchison Library reading program. When weather permits, children spend some time each day outdoors. A rest period is included in the daily program.

Staff members include: Frances Strieby, semi-retired Executive Director; Carrie Sowers, Director; Dawn Smith, Administrative Assistant. Teaching staff is Terri Harden, Barb Chapman, Krissy Kenworthy, Megan Kempin, Kelli Parkey, Cari Wells, Traci Sinclair, Heather Callahan, Christine Ackman, and Tess Mercer. Our substitute teachers are Kathy Sellers, Debbie Trompeter and Jill Kovar. Housekeeper — Shannon Howard; Storyteller — Elaine Schrader and our Cook is Jessica Ralston. Tina Barajas is the Extended Day teacher at Atchison Elementary School USD 409.

The center cooperates with Benedictine College Work-Study Program and provides training for internship students. We also cooperate with students from USD 409, Maur Hill-Mount Academy, and area college students.

Anyone interested in the program may visit the facility at 1326 Kansas Ave. or call 913-367-6441 for information. ACCA is a United Way Agency. We have tremendous support from many grants and trusts in our community: Atchison County, Evah Cray Trust, Courtney Turner Trust, Cloud L. Cray Foundation, Adair Foundation, Bromley Trust, UMB, Bank of Atchison, Exchange Bank, Zonta Club, Junior Guild, Thrivent Financial, AXA Financial, and other clubs and organizations assist with funding that makes the Atchison Child Care Association possible for our community.

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