Mount St. Joseph University

Children’s Center Receives Grant from Andrew Jergens Foundation

Campus News, Student Life

By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: children's center, student life

Mount St. Joseph University is pleased to announce that the Children’s Center has received a grant of $8,000 from the Andrew Jergens Foundation. The funding will be used for the Center's Improvements for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Program.

“This grant will enable us to replace appliances that are old and in need of repair as well as improve our outdoor playground,” says Children’s Center director Janet Baltzersen, “We also plan to purchase new classroom furniture, milk and healthy snacks for the children, quality educational toys, and arts & crafts supplies. These funds will also enable the Center's staff to take the required professional development training. Everyone benefits now and in the future when we have the necessary tools to run a quality program.”

The Charlotte Schmidlapp Children’s Center is an essential service for parents who depend on safe, affordable care, and school readiness for their children while they attend class. During the 2018-19 academic year, the Center served 75 infants, toddlers, and pre-school children aged three months to five years. Between 75 and 80 children are anticipated during the 2019-20 academic year.

The Children’s Center has once again earned a five-star rating, awarded by Step Up To Quality, a quality rate and improvement system of the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This five-star rating establishes that the Mount’s Children’s Center has met and exceeded numerous requirements that lead to improved outcomes for children.