Hot Springs Community Learning Center -growing our community from the seed
Our favorite things about... Hot Springs Community Learning Center
A nonprofit organization in Hot Springs, NC Offering quality childcare, nutrition, and educational support Established: May 2008
To address the great needs in this community for child care, nutrition, and education support, AND to have it actually be affordable, HSCLC created a non-profit organization that provides high quality Preschool, After School, and Summer Programs to area children ages 3 - 12. We work with each family individually to assess and address the funding of their childcare needs. We are committed to creating a reasonable plan for every family that would like to participate in our programs through a creative community supportive initiative.
To help keep our below county market rate costs low, HSCLC accesses its community in several ways: Licensing & Subsity
We have earned state licensure which allows us to qualify for the receipt of partial payments for tuition with subsidy funds from the NC Department of Health and Human Services for families in need whose parents are either working or going to school full time. This process is set with industry standards holding centers to state licensing rules and regulations, staff licensure and continued education, and the maintenance of high quality materials and a stimulating environment. However, currently there is an extensive waiting list for new students to receive these funds.
We are also a qualified NC PreK site which allows students who are four years old and attending kindergarten the following year to a full schoalrship for a full time slot. Currently, there are 10 slots each new school year alotted to HSCLC for qualifying families.
Currently, Parent Fees make up just under 50% of the funding for our programs. Our goal is to eventually be able to provide 90% scholarship to those in need in exchange for task and Center maitnenace services. In that endeavor, we have created the Task Credit Program where community members, area churches, and businesses contribute a certain amount each month. HSCLC also participates in this program, contributing over $2000 dollars each month through donations, grants, and community type fund-raising events where all our families participate. The way HSCLC disperses these funds is through a Task Credit schedule. All the tasks have adollar value and (as performed) are credited on tuition statements to the participating families in need. These credits help make tuition more affordable while saving the Learning Center from paying for cleaning and maintenance services.
Budget & Quality Food
As we are a non-profit organization we are able to utilize Manna Food Bank to purchase much of our supplies and foods. This allows us to keep our food and supply costs down. Also, during our Summer Program we harvest fresh produce and herbs from our Children's Garden on site. Plus, several of our local (organic) farms donate CSA boxes that provide the best produce there is! We make delicious, nutritious snacks everyday (and one homemade hot lunch once per week) with high quality meats, cheeses, organic dairy products, whole grains, and fresh local produce. Utilizing Our Elders
We are governed by a Board of Directors who are advised by a 15 person Advisory Board made up of retired teachers, principals, parents, clergymen, and businesspersons from a wide variety of relevant fields.
We have also prepared our Community Connections Program that provides one-to-one tutoring in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. This service is FREE to all After School Program children ages 5- 12 on an "as requested" basis. This really brings together our community elders and our youth. Also, as we are located in the same county owned building as the Senior Citizens Club of Hot Springs, we do a variety of activities together such as holiday singing, letter writing, story-telling, and craft projects.
Our professional staff are all state qualified teachers, contstantly pursuing higher education in the fields of Early Childhood, School Age Care, Elementary Education, and beyond. The entire curriculum at Hot Springs Community Learning Center is designed by the staff using developmentally appropriate practices. We come together each month to design fresh, creative group projects based on a central monthly theme that looks to build character and strengthen academic skills focusing on the five learning domains: language, cognition, aesthetic, physical, and social/emotional.
We follow a set of monthly themes each year, but the activities and experiences therein are created fresh at the weekly program team meetings based on the actual children in our groups. In addition to the input we receive from the children and their families, and our knowldege of child development and developmentally appropriate practices, we access a variety of resources including concepts from the following:
This project so far has served over 100 families and is seeded for continual growth. We are a young organization seeking the support of its community. It is our goal to become 100% internally funded so that all families who want and need our services may participate regardless of their income status. Please help us build our foundation and consider being a part of providing this quality Community Learning Center program of services to our areas youngest residents.
The mission of the Hot Springs Community Learning Center
serve the community of Hot Springs and the surrounding areas by
providing quality services and support for the educational,
nutritional, and child care needs of the 3 to 12 year old
children with a professional paid staff and qualified volunteer community members in a safe, inspirational
environment that supports a meaningful childhood.