State Representative Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, visited CAP Services’ recently expanded Children’s Discovery Center in Stevens Point Monday, Nov. 17.
“Early childhood education is critical to our community’s success,” said Shankland. “Great child care presents opportunities to children and the parents both, and it is wonderful to see such a great facility right here in our community.”
CAP’s Children’s Discovery Center, located at 3109 John Joanis Drive in the Portage County Business Park, offers year-round full- and part-time child care to children ages 6 weeks to 8 years and provides on-site 4-Year-Old Kindergarten, Head Start and Early Head Start services. Child care enrollment is open to all families regardless of income.
Shankland toured the facility and spoke to staff about some of the challenges faced by child care providers in the state.
CAP opened the Children’s Discovery Center child care facility in the Portage County Business Park in the fall of 2009 to meet the needs of the families in the community and surrounding areas. CAP worked with Ellis Stone, the original contractor on the project, to expand the facility this summer, allowing for increased child care enrollment slots and to provide Early Head Start services.
“This expansion allowed us to offer more services to our children, families and community,” said Carla Kluz, CAP Vice President and Early Childhood Development Director. “Our vision is to continue to bring about high-quality care and education to all the children and families that we serve.”
Children’s Discovery Center has a five-star rating in Wisconsin’s YoungStar program. YoungStar is a program of Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families created to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. YoungStar evaluates and rates the quality of care given by child care providers, helps parents choose the best child care for their children, supports providers with tools and training to deliver high-quality early care, and sets a consistent standard for child care quality. A five-star rating is the highest rating the agency awards.
For more information, visit the website capservices.org/childrens-discovery-center, facebook page facebook.com/CAPServicesEarlyChildhoodDevelopment; or contact April Niemi, CAP’s ECD Assistant Director, at 715-343-7540 or email@example.com.