MCDC News

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 12:15pm

As you may have heard, there was a confirmed positive COVID-19 case with an MSFC employee.  We are still monitoring the situation and currently gathering information.  We will send out another notification tomorrow with more information with regards to the status of MCDC.  Please stay tuned.

Author: Kelli L Wright
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 4:30pm

We have received notification that while they do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Marshall as of today, March 13, out of an abundance of caution, they have encouraged employees who can work remotely to do so for the next 14 days. We are in constant contact with MSFC Operations and right now there is no confirmed case and no known direct association with MCDC. The recommendation and plan is for MCDC to continue operation as normal for the time being. That being said, we are monitoring the situation closely and will provide any updates as needed. Please continue to practice handwashing as you enter and leave MCDC to pick up your children. We really appreciate your understanding, patience, and support through this challenging time.

Author: Kelli L Wright
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 5:15pm

MCDC Families,

In light of the growing concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure our MCDC community that we are in communication with the Center management and monitoring the situation.

As a preventive measure, we are continuing to have the facility diligently cleaned, and our staff is wiping down common surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, telephones, etc). We emphasize the importance of proper “respiratory etiquette” and frequent handwashing to limit the spread of germs. We encourage you and your child to wash hands at drop off and pick up.  There are sinks in the staff lounge and front bathroom, as well as in all of the classrooms.

We ask those who are showing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) not to come to MCDC. It is not only for the kids, but also the staff and other members of the MCDC community. As always, if your child is sick, especially with a fever, vomit, or any other illnesses listed in our policies, we require you to keep your children at home.

Per Alabama Public Health guidelines, please contact MCDC if you have recently traveled or have plans to travel in the near future in the high-risk countries listed here: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html).

We want to keep our MCDC community safe, while also keeping in mind the community’s need for caretaking services. The plan is to have MCDC remain open until Redstone Arsenal closes, unless someone associated with MCDC is known to have some contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19.

All tuition payments will still be due/owed in the event of center telework and/or closure status. If you are not eligible to telework, then contact Kelli for additional potential accommodations in the event of a closure.

Please be aware all of the above is subject to change since this is a rapidly evolving situation, but we will always keep everyone informed of any changes via email, Facebook and our website.

During the NASA Town Hall meeting, Steve Miley mentioned not being barred from taking care of a child while teleworking for this specific case. Please keep this in mind when discussing options with your supervisor in case any of your family members may be displaying symptoms.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We want to assure you that we will continue to reassess this on a daily basis as the health and well-being of our children is the highest priority for MCDC.

Thank you,

MCDC Board

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Kelli Wright, Director
Marshall Child Development Center
Building 4346 Morris Road

MSFC, AL 35812
(256) 544-8607
Kelli.L.Wright@nasa.gov

Author: Kelli L Wright
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 1:45pm

MCDC Families,

 

With respect to the concerns regarding coronavirus, the MCDC board is currently gathering information, in discussion with center management, and having a meeting tomorrow to finalize our plan. There will be an email by the close of business tomorrow with information and our current plan. Please stay tuned for more information.

 

Author: Kelli L Wright
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 10:30am

MCDC Families,

 

It’s almost time for our annual Board elections.  Positions up for election this year are:

  • President (must be a MSFC civil servant) – 2 year term
  • Secretary – 2 year term
  • Registrar (must be a MSFC civil servant) – 2 year term
  • Member-at-Large, representing enrolled families – 1 year term
  • Member-at-Large, representing wait-list families – 1 year term

 

If you would like to run for one of the board positions, please send me a short bio and indicate which position you would like to run for, by Thursday, April 2nd.  Elections will be on April 16th, giving the new members some time to get up to speed and interact with current board members before their term officially starts on June 1st.

 

With regards to running for the board, demands on their time is one of the biggest fears parents have. Almost every new board member started with the same concern, but it always ends up working out. Board membership is a meaningful way to help MCDC, and is absolutely worth the small amount of time it takes. I can tell you that I will treasure the past 3 years I’ve served as a board member. If you have any questions about the positions, please feel free to contact me or any of the other board members.

 

Regards,

Vicky Garcia

Victoria.O.Garcia@nasa.gov

President, MCDC Board of Directors

 

President

Responsibilities:

  • Interface with Center Management
  • Coordinate Board Meeting Agendas (bi-weekly)
  • Conduct Board and General Membership Meetings (bi-weekly)
  • Board Elections (spring)
  • Budget Review/Approval (October)
  • Send out Call for Nominations of MCDC Board (early spring)
  • Coordinate Survey of Other Daycares (periodically)
  • Send out Budget Proposal (October)
  • Send out Parent Surveys (November)
  • Schedule and Conduct Open Forums (minimum spring and fall)

 

Secretary

Responsibilities:

  • Draft and Distribute Board Meeting Agendas (bi-weekly)
  • Record and Distribute Minutes of Board Meetings (bi-weekly)
  • Maintain Operating Policies Handbook and Bylaws Maintain Board Calendar Prepare Parent Survey and Consolidate Results (November/December)
  • Participate in Daycare Survey (periodically)

 

Registrar

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Waiting List (monthly)
  • Maintain Membership List (monthly)
  • Provide Waiting List / Membership Status (monthly)
  • Conduct Membership Renewal Drive (September)
  • Distribute Ballots and Record Roll Call at all General Membership Elections
  • Participate in Daycare Survey (periodically)

 

Member-at-Large (Enrolled)

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Daycare Survey (periodically)
  • Help with Staff Appreciation Week

 

Member-at-Large (Waiting List)

Responsibilities:

  • Help with Staff Appreciation Week 
  • Participate in Daycare Survey (periodically)
Author: Kelli L Wright
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 10:45am

MCDC Parents,

 

We are holding our Scholastic Book Fair in the library today through next Friday.  With Scholastic Book Fairs, you can either earn free books or Scholastic cash.  Our hope is to earn enough Scholastic cash to purchase items for our classrooms from the Scholastic catalog.  This includes curriculum related materials, furniture and more!

 

This is the link to shop online:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=marshallcdc

We do not need volunteers, so you can skip that part. J

 

We have the books set up in the library.  You may stop by anytime to browse and shop.  You are also more than welcome to send in money with your child and we will take them shopping.  Just let your child’s teacher know if you bring in spending money!  

 

We have also had the teachers pull a few books that they would like for their classrooms if you wish to purchase those.  You will find those in labeled bins underneath the tables. 

 

RECAP:

 

I recently learned at a workshop, that reading to children between the ages of 0-2 has more of an impact on brain development than at any other age!!  So if you have ever thought, well my child is too young for books…think again!!  Start connecting those synapses!

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Happy Reading!

 

Author: Kelli L Wright
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:45pm

MCDC Parents,

 

We have two great events coming up!!

 

Come to the Library this Friday, 2/21 to see the Spring 2020 Shrimp & Grits Kids Trunk in person. Tristan will have it here all day and you’re more than welcome to bring the kids in and try items on. Shrimp & Grits Kids has sizes for Boys 3M – 10 and Girls 3M – 14.

 

If you can’t come in person, you can still order directly from her link here: www.shrimpandgritskids.com/tristanlanehost53

  • When shopping from her link, you will see “You are shopping with Tristan Lane, Host” in the bottom corner.

 

For all orders placed Friday through next Friday, 2/28, Tristan will be donating her commission check to MCDC!

 

If you have any questions or want help with sizing, you can call or text Tristan: 256-431-9165

 

This is a great way to give back to MCDC!

 

 

We will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the library February 24th-28th.  With Scholastic Book Fairs, you can either earn free books or Scholastic cash.  Our hope is to earn enough Scholastic cash to purchase items for our classrooms from the Scholastic catalog.  This includes curriculum related materials, furniture and more!

This is the link to shop online:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=marshallcdc

We do not need volunteers, so you can skip that part. J

We should have the books set up in the library sometime on Monday and they will be there all week.  You may stop by anytime to browse and shop.  You are also more than welcome to send in money with your child and we will take them shopping.  Just let your child’s teacher know if you bring in spending money!   We will also have the teachers pull a few books that they would like for their classrooms if you wish to purchase those.  I will send out an update as soon as we have everything set up!

 

 

Author: Kelli L Wright
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:15pm

Come to the Library this Friday, 2/21 to see the Spring 2020 Shrimp & Grits Kids Trunk in person. Tristan will have it here all day and you’re more than welcome to bring the kids in and try items on. Shrimp & Grits Kids has sizes for Boys 3M – 10 and Girls 3M – 14.

 

If you can’t come in person, you can still order directly from her link here: www.shrimpandgritskids.com/tristanlanehost53

  • When shopping from her link, you will see “You are shopping with Tristan Lane, Host” in the bottom corner.

 

For all orders placed Friday through next Friday, 2/28, Tristan will be donating her commission check to MCDC!

 

If you have any questions or want help with sizing, you can call or text Tristan: 256-431-9165

 

This is a great way to give back to MCDC!

 

Tristan Lane

Author: Kelli L Wright
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 2:00pm

MCDC Families,

 

We were having some trouble with the amazon link that was sent out.  Please try the link below.  You should see our name, and will need to click “Remember”.  Please let me know if you have any issues with this link.  Thank you!!

 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/140GNTQVGA71N?ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_dp_tOPUEnS4kj40Y

 

Kelli Wright, Director
Marshall Child Development Center
Building 4346 Morris Road

MSFC, AL 35812
(256) 544-8607
Kelli.L.Wright@nasa.gov

 

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  Ann Landers

 

Author: Kelli L Wright
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:00pm

MCDC Families,

 

Below is a link to an amazon wish list for MCDC.  It is divided into different classrooms/areas. 

 

We have a monthly budget for classroom items; however, that doesn’t always cover everything that we need.  In an effort to help us organize our list of items, and be able to communicate those needs to everyone, we have developed an amazon wish list.  We will be purchasing as many items as we can with our classroom budget and holding some fundraisers, but in the meantime, if anyone is looking for a way to give back to the center, this is a great avenue!  Remember when ordering anything from amazon, you can look us up in amazon smile and a percentage of your purchase will go to MCDC. 

 

If you find any of these items elsewhere for cheaper, or have any items you or family members are getting rid of; there is the option to click “buying this gift elsewhere” and it will take that item off of the wish list.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for always supporting our school!   

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3KUTXDRAD4UTB?ref_=wl_share

 

Kelli Wright, Director
Marshall Child Development Center
Building 4346 Morris Road

MSFC, AL 35812
(256) 544-8607
Kelli.L.Wright@nasa.gov

 

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  Ann Landers

 

Author: Kelli L Wright

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