5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Monday, September 20, 2010

Partner - Monmouth Day Care Center in Red Bank

Kirsten Schanck CROP committee member visited Monmouth Day Care Center and had the opportunity to speak with Heidi Zaentz, the Executive Director. MDCC is located at 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank.  Kirsten and Heidi talked about funding, special programs and how they related to the Red Bank community.  Their total number of children enrolled right now is 125, and 75% of these receive some financial assistance. MDCC seeks to provide quality childcare without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or economic status. There are about 45 students whose parents are undocumented.  This presents a challenge because the parents do not qualify for any of the federal child care programs.  Heidi also mentioned that some of that child care money through the NJ Cares for Kids program is drying up which is a hardship for working parents. They have started their own "mini food pantry" in the lobby.  Those that have, including Board Members, drop off food in the lobby.  Parents that are short are invited to take what they need.

Monmouth Day Care Center is also partnering with the Red Bank Board of Education.  The town of Red Bank has free pre-school.  The town needed more space to meet the demands of the program.  The town has three of its 4 year old classes at Monmouth Day Care Center. Additional information can be found by visiting their website or by calling 732-741-4913.

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