Childcare

Kids matter at Carver. That’s why we provide quality educational experiences in a state-licensed facility led by highly experienced, nurturing staff. Our whole team is dedicated to developing Carver kids that are self-determined learners that grow into compassionate community members. We treat children as individuals and encourage active participant feedback from families.

Our Day Care & Preschool offers educational enrichment for infants, toddlers, and preschool kids ages six weeks to five years old in 1st shift, and six weeks to 12 years old on 2nd shift. We have 1st and 2nd shift childcare so we can meet family needs.

Hours of Operation

1ST SHIFT CHILDCARE

Monday - Friday
6:00 am - 5:30 pm

2ND SHIFT CHILDCARE

Monday - Friday
2:00 pm - 1:00 am

CLOSED:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Enrollment

Children are admitted to our Day Care & Preschool on a first-come first-served basis. The following are the necessary requirements for enrollment

  • A completed application and intake agreement
  • Income verification form
  • Record of physical examination
  • Record of current immunizations
  • Proof of a child’s date of birth

Childcare Application - 6 weeks to 2 years

Download and complete this application for childcare enrollment for children ages 6 weeks through 2 years.

Childcare Application - 6 weeks to 2 years (PDF 1.02 M)

Childcare Application - 3 to 12 Years

Download and complete this application for childcare enrollment for children ages 3 to 12 years.

Childcare Application - 3 to 12 Years (PDF 785.83 k)

Fees

Affordable, quality child care makes a significant difference in a child’s life. Our fees are determined by a sliding fee scale. Carver childcare fees are comparable to industry and local rates.

If you need assistance, we can establish a weekly or bi-weekly payment plan. We also accept childcare vouchers and assist you with finding resources in the community, like the The Vanderburgh County Gatekeeper Voucher Program, Division of Family and Children Childcare Development Fund, and On My Way Pre-K, that may pay part or all of Carver’s childcare fees for eligible families.

Education Curriculum

We strive to build a positive learning environment, both educationally and socially. Our education programs are designed by The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and Infants, Toddlers & Twos. Both curriculums include comprehensive, research-based experiences that emphasize nurturing, consistent, and loving interactions.

Infants / 6 weeks - 15 months

We aim to keep enrolled infants on their own unique schedule. Information provided by the parents is used to plan each child’s day around his or her needs.

Program Includes:

  • Indoor/outdoor play
  • Language development
  • Music & movement
  • Motor skill development

Toddlers / 15 months - 3 years

Toddlers are encouraged to learn through exploration and play. Our programs are designed to develop creativity, independence, and freedom of choice early on.

Program Includes:

  • Sensory development
  • Indoor/outdoor play
  • Story time
  • Music & movement
  • Dramatic play
  • Art

Preschool / 3 - 5 years

The preschool program teaches a variety of experiences. Children learn new concepts, allowing them to extend their play and share individual interests and ideas. 

Program Includes:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Indoor/outdoor play
  • Art
  • Cognitive development

Accreditation

We hold ourselves to high standards for the growth and safety of your children. Carver Community Organization is a Level 3 childcare provider on the Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana’s Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for childcare. We’re also a state-licensed childcare and early learning center.

In order to ensure we provide the highest quality of care, we are in the process of achieving national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This designation will elevate the Day Care & Preschool from Level 3 to Level 4 on the Paths to QUALITY™, the highest level of quality.  

Nutrition

Each child enrolled in the Day Care & Preschool receives well-balanced meals and snacks. Our 1st shift childcare includes a morning snack, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. The 2nd shift include an afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack. All food meets the nutritional requirements determined by the Child and Adult Care Food Program of Indiana.

Staff

Shaping little minds is a big job. That’s why we staff skilled and experienced childcare professionals at Carver Community Organization, and many are Carver kids themselves.

All childcare staff complete an initial orientation program as well as a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education per year. Each team member maintains certification in first aid, CPR, universal precautions, and nutrition/sanitation.

Everyone at Carver contributes to our positive learning environment in some way, whether it’s bonding with a child or building trust with a parent, and our teachers are specifically trained in early childhood development 

Lead Teachers

Lead Teachers must have a Child Development Certificate (CDA) or currently working on an associate’s degree or higher in early child education/child development.

Teacher’s Assistant

Teacher’s Assistants must have a high school diploma and be working on a CDA or an associate’s degree or higher in early child education/child development.