Kid Central offers a friendly place to stay

Editor’s note: Culpeper Times freelancer Marshall Conner is actively involved with Kid Central. Here he shares comments from a recent Culpeper County Chamber of Commerce mixer hosted by Kid Central.
A photo of a child at play flashes momentarily on a screen.

It is followed by other photos of children reading, learning and playing.

Earlier this month Kid Central hosted a Culpeper Chamber of Commerce Mixer at the new Culpeper Human Services building.

The event was well-attended and it showcased three children’s programs: Kid Central, Culpeper Preschool and Head Start.

The mixer allowed guests to network and then tour the new Human Services building and learn about the enriching programs offered by Culpeper County Child Care’s Kid Central.

Culpeper County Child Care was founded in 1990 as the result of a task force evaluating child care and a grant was awarded to Culpeper Human Services to meet child care needs in the county. The grant funded the establishment of an after-school program at Farmington Elementary School with kindergarteners through third graders as participants.

On Nov. 13, 1990, the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors and School Board approved a county-wide after-school program and over the remaining school year (1990-1991), the program was phased in at all elementary school locations. A before-school program began during the 1991-1992 school year.

Currently the program provides affordable, quality childcare for hundreds of children at all six of the county’s elementary schools and it has a growing teen program.

Culpeper County Child Care is operated under the “umbrella” of Culpeper Human Services as a fully licensed child care center that offers affordable child care while also providing a safe and enriching environment.

Before and after school programs are offered at six elementary school sites in Culpeper and preschool programs are offered on site at the Galbreath/Marshall Building in Culpeper.
Throughout the school year Kid Central is dedicated to providing quality care that meets individual needs of children by planning environments and activities that consider the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of each child.

This fall Kid Central’s schedule is in full gear.

During the week Kid Central’s staff plans fun activities, reading, flag-football, crafts and its homework teachers provide extra help after the final bell of classes.

Kid Central also has all-day events planned for the days when school is closed.

This fall children united against bullying, learned about Veterans Day, held an election, met firefighters, competed in flag football, played Minute to Win It and enjoyed an innovative reading program.

Recently children created holiday cards for armed forces members serving across the globe.

Its flag football season is heading into the playoffs with all schools still competing for the top spot.

Kid Central strives to be a multi-faceted business that serves the children and families of Culpeper County.

Our staff is devoted to improving the lives of children and families through education, safety and smiles.

Thank you to a friendly, vibrant and innovative Chamber of Commerce for supporting Kid Central.

Check out Kid Central where friends stay to play!