Our mission is to provide a quality childcare experience that helps your child develop physically, socially, and academically.
Our Director is Carol Hatton. She has been with GCDC since 1999. She has worked as a lead teacher and as our preschool coordinator. She has a Bachelor's Degree in History and Early Childhood Education from Mary Baldwin College.
GCDC is a quality early childhood education facility. Our goal is to prepare your child for school and personal success through developmentally appropriate activities and by providing a safe and nurturing environment. Our day is a balance of structured and free-choice activities. Each classroom is committed to working with each child to help them meet the developmental goals of the classroom. We also see parents as our partners in meeting the requirements of each child in our care. At GCDC our goal is to meet the needs of the whole child as they transition through our classrooms to kindergarten by guiding their development academically, socially and physically.
At GCDC we pride ourselves on being an early childhood education program and not just a childcare center. Along with loving and nurturing the children in our care, our teachers develop lesson plans focusing on the individual needs of the children in their classrooms.
We use Kentucky Early Childhood Standards and Kentucky's Program of Studies as our guides in developing our lesson plans. We also utilize the Creative Curriculum (one of the curricula recognized by the state of Kentucky) Creative Curriculum to record the developmental milestones of each child beginning in the nursery. We document each child's progress as they meet the objectives of the Creative Curriculum. Information gathered on each child is placed in a portfolio that parents are welcome to view at anytime. The information gathered in the portfolio is given to the parents when the child leaves the Center to share with their Kindergareten teacher.
We also screen children beginning at the age of three with the Dial 3 screening tool and the Ages and Stages Social Emotional Screening Kit. These screenings help to determine if a child may need further evaluation to verify eligibility for Scott County Schools Preschool Program. We also evaluate our infants and toddlers and provide information to parents if we feel Frist Steps should be considered.
All of our staff are certified in CPR and First Aid. Many of our staff members hold CDA's or Bachelor's degrees. We have a low staff turnover rate with many of our staff having been here for more than 10 years. Our staff completes 15 hours of CPE each year.
We are located in an 8,000 square foot facility built specifically for child care. We have a video monitoring system in every classroom to ensure the safety of your child.
We use a keypad entry system with each parent having their personal code to open the door and check their child in and out of the attendance system. Anyone without a code is not admitted to the Center until they prove their purpose and identity.
Federal Food Program
We participate in the Federal Food Program which ensures that we serve nutritious healthy meals. We serve breakfast at 8:00 am, lunch at 11:00 am, afternoon snack at 2:00 pm.
We are a non-profit 501c(3) organization that operates under the guidance of a voluntary Board of Directors made up of local business people, educators, etc. We are a partner with United Way of the Bluegrass.
Child Care Assistance Program
We accept child care assistance provided by the State of Kentucky.