The Day Nursery is licensed by the Child Care Licensing Division
of the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (TDFPS).
The centers are routinely inspected by the licensing worker, the
Abilene Fire Department and the Taylor County Health Department.
Gas leak tests are performed annually. The centers are evaluated
by TDFPS. The latest evaluation can be read at any of the locations,
at the main office, or on-line by anyone interested.
Children enrolled in the centers are provided growth opportunities
relating to cognitive, motor skills, health and hygiene, emotional
maturity and social awareness. The approach to Child Development
is complete and designed to expand the physical, mental, social
and emotional attributes of the child.
Child Care Services/Child Care Provider
The State of Texas provides subsidized child care for low-income
families who are determined eligible through the Child Care Services
(CCS) system. The Workforce Commission , through twenty-eight local
workforce development boards, administers funding to provide child
care services to eligible families. It is the responsibility of
the child care contractor to manage funding sources and serve families
eligible for these funds, provided that available funding for the
fiscal year has not been exhausted.
The Child Care Services contract for our 19 county region, called
Child Care Provider Operations (CCPO), is managed by Child Care
Associates (CCA) in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Day Nursery is a provider contracting with CCA/CCPO. All four
of our centers are Texas Rising Star Providers. This status means
that the centers have achieved the highest level of quality child
care according to CCS standards and exceed those required as minimum
standards for day care centers by the State of Texas.
Clients who meet low income requirements must call (325) 795-4283 to request
child care assistance.
Clients who do not meet CCPO income guidelines may be eligible for
other financial assistance or may attend any one of our centers
at private pay rates.
The highest priority for the use of state purchased day care is
as a service to prevent or remedy the abuse or neglect of a child,
including ensuring adequate care and supervision. This service is
referred to as Protective Day Care. For a child to receive day care
service under this priority, the service must be authorized by a
protective service caseworker through CCPO to the Day Nursery of
Child Care Food Program
Day Nursery of Abilene provides nutritious well balanced meals and
snacks to all children enrolled. The agency participates in the
USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and abides by all
standards set forth by that program. Rotating menus are posted for
parents to read. Meals and snacks are prepared in the centers. Day Nursery
receives partial reimbursement from CACFP for meals served. Approximately 200,000 meals
and snacks are served to the children each year. All meals, snacks,
infant formula and baby food are furnished by the nursery at no
additional cost to the parent.
The Day Nursery is a program provider receiving local community investment dollars from the United Way of Abilene. A United Way volunteer panel reviews program budget and projections annually to monitor and determine investment dollars. Day Nursery is reviewed under the United Way of Abilene impact area “Building Strong Families and Neighborhoods”. This funding is used on a sliding scale basis to supplement child care fees for those who can not access or who are ineligible for CCPO funding.
School Readiness Integration Partnership
Day Nursery of Abilene participates with the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) School Readiness Integration (SRI) partnership, an early childhood education program to improve the readiness of children entering kindergarten.
Together, AISD and the Day Nursery of Abilene strive to equip children to enter school better prepared to achieve school success, high school graduation and beyond. And it works…DNA results demonstrate that 92% of program participants enter school ready-to-learn! Parents realize the benefit and chose to keep their children at Day Nursery for this program even though they may qualify for Head Start. The collaborative program provides benefits to children in preparation for kindergarten and beyond, parents and the community!
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Day Nursery of Abilene depends on volunteer support to accomplish its mission and child care program. Volunteers perform important service for and directly related to the business of the agency, without the expectation of monetary or material compensation. The Day Nursery of Abilene program includes several types of volunteers including: Junior volunteers (must be at least 14 years old) and must have signed parental consent, community service volunteers, and Foster Grandparents (under the Abilene State School umbrella, has a history of providing incentives for quality of life enhancement opportunities for lower income senior adults). Screening and assignment specific training may be required prior to the volunteer assignment. Contact the Program Manager regarding volunteers for the child care program.