Dear HELC Families,
We hope that you have enjoyed your Summer and took every opportunity to spend time outdoors with your children!
Your Early Learning Center Staff have worked diligently to provide the best in care for your children, this includes a number of folks that you don’t often, if ever, see. The hard work and dedication of all of these people help to provide that high level of care that you have come to expect.
Throughout the year we strive to balance the goals of delivering the finest in care for our families with controlling the costs and expenses associated with that premium care. We feel it is important to share with you where we are at this point in our planning.
We have completed the work in setting our childcare rates for the next school year. Our rates are usually set at the beginning of each year but decided last year to make these rate changes coincide with the school year so that parents would have firm number for childcare fees throughout your child’s school year. One benefit is not making a change at Christmas time when money becomes particularly tight.
For most of our families this will be a modest increase of $10 a week per child. These new rates will reflect adjustments being made to offset recent and proposed rises in food costs, utilities and operating expenses. As an example of these increases the price that we pay for a gallon of milk alone rose overnight by more than $1.00 this past month. Our food distributors are forecasting increases across the board this summer.
As a parent with two children at HELC myself I know that rate increases are not something we look forward to seeing, but I know you understand, and I hope that my previous notice has given you time prepare. The new rate schedule will go into effect August 1st.
This morning I had opportunity to tour a new child through our facility with her mother. When we made it to the gymnasium she got so excited to see a gym painted in the OKC Thunder colors. I know this excitement had to make her mother feel more at ease about leaving her daughter. This year our improvements have included School Age Playground enhancements, new gym lighting and paint, addition of the MyChild communication system and several classroom enhancements. Most of the work accomplished was completed by volunteers and as such helped to keep the rate adjustment as minimal as it could be. We are planning several projects like this for 2014-2015 and I would love to hear from you about programs, activities and learning systems that you would love to see us offer.
Please feel free to contact me or Interim Director Britany Vaughn with any comments, concerns or ideas that you have for our Early Learning Community.