Kelly Rhiner, Director at the Newell Children's Center and Marilyn Monson with the Center's Board visited with the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to request $2,700 for annual training
. However Monson says, $2,700 is only about half of what they anticipate they'll need for training their staff of ten and says this training has been a costly expense to the daycare center. "This really adds up and puts a strain on our budget," says Monson.
Staff is required to receive CPR and first aid treatment every two years and mandatory reporting training every five years. However, the other ten hours of training is mandatory and includes training in guidance in child development, positive behavior strategies, health and safety and proper nutrition. Monson said they are anticipating about 120 hours total of training at about $45 an hour. Rhiner said they spent $400 to send three employees to three hours of mandatory reporting training. Rhiner says the training is mandatory since the center is a licensed daycare through the Department of Humand Services.
Rhiner says children in the two years of age and younger category requires them to have one trained employee for every four children. Rhiner says all their employees receive the same training so they have the proper certification to work with the different age groups since they work different shifts. "We have to turn kids away if we don't have enough trained employees," says Monson.
Monson told the board they have a supportive and helpful parent advisory group who helps come up with funds through fundraisers for the center and have been able to buy some toys, equipment and mileage for field trips . "Having the parents active is very important," says Monson. Currently the center pays Newell-Fonda school district to provide meals. N-F also pays for the center's snow removal.
The County also provides some funding through a general relief fund for families who do not qualify for childcare assistance through DHS but still struggle to the pay for childcare. Rhiner says families are referred to the County if they feel they need the assistance and can then apply to see if they eligible. Monson said currently they have two families utilzing funds.
The Newell Children's Center is located at 223 E. Second St. in Newell and has been in operation since August 2004.
In other County news:
*Arlin Hinkeldey with the Hanover Historical Society requested $1,000 for shingling work on the "Corner House." Hinkeldey said last year they were able to work on restoration work on the blacksmith shop and said exterior work on the building was completed in August 2008. "We had another successful festival," said Hinkeldey. He said next year's festival will be held on August 30 and they have plans to have a couple polka bands and demonstrations including cornshelling and saw mills.