DeKalb Church offers Friday childcare to accommodate a 4-day school week
DeKALB, Texas — DeKalb First United Methodist Church recently announced that it is launching a new ministry to offer a low-cost Friday morning child care program to complement the new four-week school schedule. days of the DeKalb Independent School District.
The church works with DeKalb ISD to lease space on campus to reduce the need for student transportation, as well as to partner with the school to support students and their families.
According to the district, on-site child care would be from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The rest of the day, the children would attend the school’s after-school ACE program until 3 p.m.
The program will be offered to K-8 students enrolled in DeKalb ISD.
“It will be a non-profit service with minimal cost to our parents. However, we will not know the cost to families until we know the number of children,” Superintendent Dr Chris Galloway said. “The program is not intended to generate profits. We just want enough funds to cover set-up costs and staff salaries. If there are any surpluses or profits, they go straight back into the program. “
Working with the school to interview parents, the church said it had identified about 15 families interested in a faith-based morning childcare program for their elementary and middle school students. Galloway said he had 17 families with 24 students in total who filled out a form saying they would be interested in low-cost childcare on Fridays.
“We prayed for a way to meet a need in our community,” said Reverend Amanda Stratton. “We hope this program will alleviate the worry of consistent Friday morning childcare at a low cost for families.”
The church plans to hire a director and instructors, as well as offer qualified volunteer positions.
Galloway said the district and church will meet next week to discuss vacancies and the interview/hiring process. They will also likely discuss any costs.
“We think it will be quite inexpensive,” he said. “I’m just hesitant to give an estimate when we’re not quite sure yet.”
The Gazette has made several attempts to contact New Boston ISD, which is also implementing a four-day school week next year, to inquire about child care options on their end. No response was received.