Odessa R-VII School District Child Care Center
Odessa R-VII School District Child Care Center
The Odessa R-VII School District Child Care Center offers care for children 6 weeks old through Kindergarten entry. The center is open to Odessa R-VII District Employees, students, and the community.
The Child Care Center is housed on McQuerry's campus located between McQuerry and Odessa Middle School. The center is divided into five classrooms based on age and developmental levels of the children. The five classrooms include an Infant Room, Young Toddler, Toddler/ Young Three Year Old, Young Preschool, and Preschool classroom.
Our infant room offers low teacher-to-child ratio; which allows for an abundance of individualized attention and personalized care. The staff members work with the families to learn the schedules and routines of each child. As developmentally appropriate, staff begin introducing basic sign language to encourage the development of language skills.
Young Toddler Room (1 year olds)
Our one-year old classroom prepares basic lesson plans to meet the developmental levels of each child, with many music and movement activities, art experiences, sensory play, and outdoor time. Staff and children use Sign Language to help the children express their needs before they become verbal and encourage the development of language skills.
Toddler/ Young Three Year Old Room (2/3 year olds)
Our Toddler classroom offers a preschool learning environment arranged with learning centers including areas such as, dramatic play, blocks and transportation, library center, science, math, art, and sensory. Lesson plans are prepared using the Creative Curriculum model, which has a primary focus on hands on learning. This classroom offers a wide array of teacher and child directed learning activities, center play, exploring, and individualized activities.
Young Preschool Room (3/4 year olds)
Our young preschool classroom offers a preschool learning environment arranged with learning centers including areas such as, dramatic play, blocks and transportation, library center, science, math, writing, art, and sensory. Lessons plans are prepared using the Creative Curriculum model and themed based learning. Science experiments to help the children develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and writing activities are a primary focus.
Preschool Room (4-5 year olds)
Our Preschool classroom offers a learning environment arranged with learning centers including areas such as, dramatic play, blocks and transportation, library center, science, math, writing, art, and sensory. Lessons plans are prepared using the Creative Curriculum model and themed based learning. Focus is placed on problem solving skills, listening and following directions, developing independence, and preparing for Kindergarten.
Specialized Opportunities for children at the center include:
- Homecoming activities
- Grandparents breakfast
- Family Appreication Breakfast
- Trunk-or-Treat Spectacular
- Holiday Performance
- Access to the McQuerry school nurse
- Partnership with LEX-LA-RAY with student interns working on Child Development Associates Certificate (CDA)
Young Preschool and Preschool Classrooms:
- Weekly Library Time at the McQuerry Elementary School Library
- Peer Mentor Program
- Field Trips
- Participation in the Distrtict hosted Special Olympics and Young Athletes Program
- Computer Lab (Preschool Only)
The Child Care Center is located at the McQuerry Elementary Campus in the trailers located between McQuerry and OMS parking lots.
The center is staffed by a director, Wendy Reynolds, and seven teachers/providers.
♥Time: 7:00 a.m.. - 4:30 p.m. (late fees will be assessed for children in care past 4:30 pm.)
Enrollment forms can be picked up at any district office or you can download the form by clicking below.
Children 6 weeks-12 months $135.00/week
Children 1-2 years of age $135.00/week
Children 3-5 years of age $110.00/week
The Center is a registered vendor with DSS. If teen parents do not qualify for assistance, an amount will be worked out on an individual basis. If you have any questions regarding DSS-Child Care Assistance please contact Wendy Reynolds, Center Director at 816-633-5437.
Director- Wendy Reynolds
Child Care Providers - Kandis Bass, Sandra Beauchamp, Mary Chapman, Shelley Conn, Ashley Gibson, Rachel Mills, Kathy Nance, Joy Redhage, Michelle Silvers, Emily Stocklaufer
For enrollment information or questions regarding the child care center please contact:
Wendy Reynolds, Director, at 816-633-5437 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Daniel Armstrong, McQuerry Principal at 816-633-5334.