The most significant accomplishments for the past year include:
SJCDC is a certified quality child development program and our needs are driven by the requirements to maintain and improve that status as well as the need to serve as many children as possible. Enrollment is at the core of both these things. We will need:
St. John CDC began as a ministry of St. John Baptist Church when the Pastor’s wife, employed as a kindergarten teacher in Sussex County, observed that many children were entering school unprepared to learn. With financial support and labor from the church, a building was purchased and renovated to meet VDSS requirements.
I am convinced that the right beginning for all children is the single most important way to remedy what ails our communities, our nation and the world. It is an investment that should not be measured by how much it will cost because we cannot afford to fail to provide it. The cost of not doing it increases the potential for the senseless acts of violence and total disregard for human life that we witness today in increasing numbers. It is for this reason that we have provided the best child development program we could for the past 18-plus years. We have worked and sacrificed to provide quality early childhood development and education for hundreds of children in our 18 years of operation with so many positive reports from families, school staff and grown up former children. We have encouraged and sponsored former employees and volunteers to return to school and all of them have succeeded, including registered nurses, masters degree and no less than gainful employment. We have had numerous teen employees who are now college graduates, gainfully employed, married and now have their kids enrolled at SJCDC. When the statewide program of Smart Beginnings was started in the region, we were positioned to be a vital part of the work efforts to improve our education system through quality early childhood education for children, 0-5 years. We have continued to work with this initiative since 2011, organizing, forming bylaws, strategic plans, implementing services, providing facilities for training, supporting and promoting events and advocating in the community. There have been issues, problems and changes in county leadership including the Board of Supervisors, the School Board/ Superintendent and County Administrator, but we have persisted in our mission. We believe we are an example and inspiration for many in the community.
I have been involved with SJCDC from the beginning; when the men of St. John's Baptist Church purchased the property from an inactive social/civic club and renovated a portion of the building to accommodate the child development program. For several years the Board was inactive.
Our Board member selection criteria is not in a distinct document, but is included in our Bylaws. We (SJCDC) remain committed to the need to have succession plans for assurance of smooth transitions and avoid the problems associated with abrupt changes. We have partners in our key positions who are actively involved and being mentored to assume those roles in future. The Program Director is in partnership with the Executive Director for that purpose. The two work very closely with outside collaborations, decision making/advising the Board and future planning for SJCDC. Some of our volunteers on the Board are retired citizens whose availability is time limited and subject to change. The Board is in process of updating Bylaws and making changes to Board rules regarding years of service for members.
is a certified “religious exempt” child development center, serving a diverse
population related to race, religion and economic status; serving the
communities of western Sussex, southeastern Dinwiddie, Greensville and Prince
We provide preschool (2-5 years old), before and after school (5-12 years old) and a 10 week Summer Enrichment Program to as many as 40 children, Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM.
St. John Child Development Center (SJCDC) has partnered with the local and state Smart Beginnings initiative to provide quality early childcare and education to all children (0-5 years). We have established ourselves as a Star Quality center for the purpose of providing quality services to children 2-5 years old.
There is a growing national and world concern about the need and benefits of providing a healthy beginning for all young children. There is great disparity in the earliest life experiences for children based on location, money, parent’s education and cultural expectations. Many of these factors are intergenerational and not easily changed. We have partnered with the Smart Beginnings initiative to promote quality early childcare and education to all children (0-5 years) to tackle this need.
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