Child Development Center
Caring for Children
Construction has begun on a full-day child development center (CDC) to increase access to high quality early care and education for families at various income levels. We will provide financial aid for 25% of students with scholarships equal to 25% of tuition on average.
It has been well documented that children’s earliest years have a profound impact on their school success, their career success, and their lives. Education serves as an equalizer with the potential to make up for the deficits many children face due to socio-economic circumstances.
Unfortunately, in our community, access to high quality early childhood care is limited by cost and available spaces.
Our new, high-quality CDC will contribute to economic mobility in our community by serving families at different income levels.
Meet our director
Chris Callaway will join the Covenant staff May 1 as director of our new Child Development Center.
A lifelong educator, Chris began working at a child care center while in high school in his hometown of Ojai, Ca. He earned a degree in child development from Cal State - Northridge. He's been director of an Easter Seals Child Development Center, a Seasonal and Migrant Head Start program, and, most recently, the Isla Vista Children's Center.
In his own words, "I have dedicated my career to enriching the lives of the children and families involved in my programs. My philosophy is to provide high quality educational opportunities in a fun, safe, and caring environment that is tailored to each child's unique abilities and culture."
Chris and his wife, Karla, have two daughters and are expecting in September. Please join us in welcoming Chris to Covenant and supporting him in this important endeavor for our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will the Covenant Childcare Development Center (CDC) open?
It’s too early to know for certain. The CDC opening will depend on the construction schedule of the new building that will house the program. Without construction delays, the CDC could open as early as September 2019. Delays could push the opening to January 2020.
Q: When will the CDC begin taking names for a waiting list?
Covenant is in the process of adopting the CDC’s Enrollment Policy. Once the policy has been approved by the Session and the construction timeline is better known, the CDC will begin taking names for its waiting list. The enrollment process is not expected to be activated before May 2019. All enrollment processes will be electronic and available on this website.
Q: Will there be any preference given to Covenant members?
The Enrollment Policy is being drafted and reviewed by congregational leadership. The policy will be made available to all interested parties on this website once it has been approved by the Covenant Session.
Q: What programming will the CDC offer?
Our CDC will offer curriculum and teacher-to-child ratios in line with or better than the NC 5-star requirements. Daily nutrition will be served on site. We are exploring a partnership with Friendship Trays to provide meals. Enrichment will be offered, including weekly or monthly Chapel service, Imaginon Story time, music, and art. Though the total curriculum is not yet determined, it will reflect our faith-based community.
Q: Where will the CDC be located?
The Covenant CDC will be located on the lower floor of our new hospitality center at our 1000 E. Morehead Street campus. It will share newly renovated playground space with the Covenant Preschool.
Q: Will transportation to the CDC be offered?
Currently, we do not anticipate offering transportation.
Q: Part of the CDC mission is to serve children from a variety of backgrounds. What is the CDC’s commitment to diversity?
Central to preparing our young students for this world and ensuring the highest quality of education is creating a diverse classroom community within the CDC. Research shows that a diverse environment leads to better learning outcomes for all students. Therefore, the CDC will seek to serve a population of children that is diverse across socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity.
Q: How will the CDC achieve diversity?
Our CDC Advisory Council will include partners representative of the broader Charlotte community. Through these representatives, we will identify opportunities to market our CDC program to families outside of the Covenant church community and the immediate surrounding area.
Q: Will the CDC offer financial assistance for tuition?
Yes, a number of studies show that benefits of socio-economically diverse classrooms include, but are not limited to, enhancing ”soft skills” like compassion, kindness, and seeing things from another’s perspective.
Accordingly, Covenant will offer financial assistance through a program that will serve at least 25% of the CDC’s children (or about 21 children). Assistance will equal approximately 25% of the monthly tuition. The Covenant CDC will actively seek community partnerships to help us find students and families who will qualify for the assistance.
Once the Covenant CDC is licensed as a NC 4- or 5-star CDC, it will work with Child Care Resources to enroll children who have qualified for subsidized child care. Subsidy payments typically cover approximately 75% of the market cost of high-quality full day care. The Covenant CDC may provide additional financial assistance to families as needed to make the child care affordable.
Q: Why did the CDC decide that the average financial assistance amount will be 25% of the tuition?
Financial assistance of 25% of tuition can have a meaningful impact for a family seeking a quality educational and child care experience with limited income.
We estimate that a 25% financial assistance will support a child’s tuition by $285 per month or over $3,000 for the year.
Q: How will Covenant fund the CDC Financial Assistance Program?
A CDC Scholarship Endowment has been established. This endowment will provide the bedrock of funding for the financial assistance program, ensuring that there is CDC financial assistance funding available from the start and in perpetuity. Covenant’s goal is for the CDC to have adequate financial assistance funds to effectively reserve 25% of the seats for families requesting financial assistance when the CDC opens and each year thereafter.
This endowment will be seeded with a $2 million capital injection from the capital campaign. Establishing this endowment sets a clear precedent and discipline now and for future generations as to the importance of offering meaningful financial assistance to a significant number of children who would not otherwise be able to attend our CDC.
Q: How will the CDC determine which families qualify for financial assistance?
The CDC Advisory Council will be responsible for ensuring that the CDC adheres to its mission to provide a diverse learning environment and will establish guidelines for awarding financial aid. A financial assistance committee of the Advisory Council will consider the financial situation of families who apply for aid and make the final award decision based on these guidelines. A Financial Assistance policy will be available this spring that describes this process in detail.
Q: How will the CDC affect parking and traffic on campus?
We do not anticipate a significant impact on traffic or parking. CDC drop-off and pick-up times do not coincide with preschool hours and will be staggered according to each family’s work schedule.
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