Scott County, Iowa is Serious about the Business of Quality Child Care!
Six more child care and preschool centers have recently completed their first year in the Growth Fund Program. Through this unique business development program by First Children’s Finance, these child care centers receive comprehensive business training, consulting, financial tools and planning to help strengthen their businesses and grow their quality child care services.
These six participating centers are now well equipped to implement improvements using Growth Fund Program grants that will strengthen their businesses, while also improving the quality of their services to children and families. The Growth Fund Program is sponsored by Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa and the Iowa Department of Human Services and supported by our valued community volunteer advisors.
Creative Beginnings Childcare Achievement Center in Davenport, offers child care for infants through school age. The Center has recently achieved 4 stars in Iowa’s 5-star Quality Rating System. According to Owner and Director, Rhonda Eckhart, “The Growth Fund Program has changed my life! Using the break even analysis tool, I can make important decisions about the center and budgets, which has made the center more successful.”
In the next two years of the Growth Fund Program, Creative Beginnings plans to use financial tools to help with budget projections and grant funds to add signs for increased visibility, make improvements to the entryway, and add technology to improve efficiency.
Discovery Learning Center in Parkview provides child care for infants through 12 years. The Center has recently opened and already has their first star rating in Iowa’s Quality Rating System. Director, Cherrie Claeys, says “the Growth Fund will help us to provide quality and affordable child care to more families”.
In the next two years of the Growth Fund Program, Discovery plans to focus on marketing to get the word out to families that their recently renovated facility is now open for new enrollments.
Immanuel Lutheran Preschool, will soon become Immanuel Lutheran Preschool and Childcare in Davenport, providing both Christian preschool and child care to children ages 2 to 5. The Center has recently achieved 4 stars in Iowa’s 5-star Quality Rating System. According to Director Kathy Yaudas, “being a participant in the Growth Fund Program has given us the essential tools and trainings to promote and market our program”.
In the next two years of the Growth Fund Program, Immanuel Lutheran Preschool and Childcare plans to use financial and marketing tools to help with future projections and to use grant funds to upgrade their space and extend their services to full day care with preschool.
Quad City Montessori School in Davenport is the only Montessori school in Scott County and provides preschool and care for children ages 2 to 6 as well as a full elementary school program. Director, Elizabeth Bouslough says “the Growth Fund has provided us with information and tools, especially designed for Early Childhood programs, which will help to sharpen our business skills”.
In the next two years of the Growth Fund Program, Quad City Montessori plans to improve technology and to add new signage to better inform the public of their presence in the community.
Share and Care Christian Preschool in Parkview provides Christian education to children ages 3 to 5. Share and Care has recently received 4 starts in Iowa’s Quality Rating System. Director Denise Weiss reports that “the Growth Fund has helped the staff and board see positive possibilities for the expansion by use of breakeven, market niche and financial projections and provided us with valuable tools to use now and in the future”.
In the next two years of the Growth Fund Program and as part of the church’s expansion, Share and Care will use new tools to make financial projections for the expansion and plans to use grant funds to purchase equipment to help with the expansion to serve more children in the Parkview area.
The Tiny Tots Learning Center in Davenport serves children ages infant to school age. Tiny Tots provides extended hours into evening and weekends. Director and Owner Dionte McMath says “The growth fund has been a great asset to our company. It has helped our program in so many different ways. We plan to continue our growth with the growth fund program”.
In the next two years of the Growth Fund Program, Tiny Tots plans to use the financial tools to help with accurate budgeting projections as they grow, and plans to use grants funds to contribute to building a new playground.
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