“Studies have shown, and we have heard it from many of our employees, there is a shortage of licensed, quality child care facilities in the Branson area,” says Simon Wajnblom, vice president of performance management at Cox Medical Center Branson. “We recognize that if our employees do not have a place they can feel good about leaving their children, they can’t provide the exceptional health care our patients deserve. When parents cannot find quality care for their child, families suffer, businesses suffer and the community suffers. Therefore, we will not limit the center to children of CoxHealth employees, but will extend this service to the community.”
The learning center will accept children six weeks old up to 12 years of age.
At the center, care givers will use Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies, a nationally approved curriculum for early childhood education.
“It is a developmentally and age appropriate curriculum that promotes child initiated learning,” explains Karrie Ridder, CoxHealth learning centers director. “As each child grows and develops, we make every effort to promote self-esteem and independence in the child and to help in the emotional, physical, intellectual and social aspects of their personality. We want to make learning as fun and creative as possible and to do so, we will organize each classroom into learning centers, giving children a variety of activities to choose from each day.”
The center, located at 1192 Bird Road in Branson, will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks will be served daily. Formula, diapers and wipes will also be included at no additional cost.
To learn more or to place your child on the waiting list, call 417-269-6775.