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Registration under way for UBC day-care and pre-school programs

Above, daycare center director Jane Folliard (left), caregiver Alfreda Ackes (right) and some of the summer day-care children check out their new sign.

Urbanna Baptist Church (UBC) Day Care began in the fall of 1981. It was the first facility of its kind in Middlesex County. Diana Pitts, who served as the first director, worked closely with the State of Virginia to assure compliance with regulations for childcare in a church setting. Just a few years later, the pre-school programs for ages 3 and 4 were added.

Documentation for the UBC religious exempt programs are filed annually and are available for public review.

“Infants, who are at least 6 weeks old, and toddlers are lovingly cared for in bright, sunny rooms that are stocked with developmentally appropriate activities and toys,” said a center spokesperson. The staff in these rooms have been involved with Urbanna Baptist Church Day Care since its beginning. There is at least one adult per four children in the Infant/Toddler Program.

The Urbanna Baptist Church Pre-School Programs for 3 and 4 year olds include a vast range of fine and gross motor control activities; dramatic play and role play; listening to stories; and singing, dancing and listening to music. Computer activities are also available. The instructor also introduces alphabet letter names, shapes and beginning writing skills. Numerals are presented with daily calendar discussion and a myriad of hands-on counting and measuring activities. Seasonal themes are presented on a weekly basis. There is a minimum of one teacher per 10 children in each of the pre-school classrooms.

“The day-care and pre-school children have daily access to a large, delightful, fenced-in play yard,” said the spokesperson. “There is lots of room to run, swing, climb and play. The huge sandbox is covered by shade. When not busy in pre-school, the students are off on field trips!”

For specific enrollment information on Urbanna Baptist Church Day Care and/or Pre-School, contact Jane Folliard, director of programs, at 758-4783.

posted 08.20.2014

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