MCUM seeks to immediately increase the number of spots available at its Downtown site. This site already has the struct
Currently, 64% of Monroe County children ages 0-4 do not have a spot in a licensed childcare center. In recent years, the number of children in Monroe County in this age group has increased by nine percent (City of Bloomington SCAN 50), while spaces in licensed centers have decreased. MCUM’s childcare program currently offers 144 spots and is the only licensed and accredited center in Monroe County that specifically targets low-income families.
The Community Survey in the Consolidated Plan ranked affordable childcare as a “close second” to mental health services as “the most critical need for our community,” (55). MCUM’s Compass Early Learning Center honors federal CCDF Vouchers for low-income families and utilizes an established sliding-fee scale that caps childcare costs at 10 percent of household income for working families; these practices promote family stability and reduce high-quality childcare costs by approximately $200 per child per week.
Why Compass: The Richardson Family
“I chose MCUM for Jagger for a number of reasons. I went toMCUM when I was a child as well. I have very fond memoriesfrom my experience there, and I am glad I got such a great startto life. I am so grateful they have a sliding scale for their feesbecause it makes it affordable for single parents like myself,while at the same time I know that my son is getting qualitycare and a quality start to his education there."
"Jagger has made such wonderful friends at MCUM, and I have been able to make connections to other parents and faculty as well. The staff is so helpful, not just when it comes to Jagger, but also for having resources available to the community and families."
- Aimee Richardson
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