The Toddler Center provides quality, affordable childcare for 1 - 3 year olds inspired by the RIE philosophy of Magda Gerber.
Respect for children builds respectful children.
There’s been a lot of attention paid lately to raising the minimum wage of fast food or retail workers to $15. Would you believe that many of the professional, educated Teachers at the Toddler Center are also not yet making that much?
Whereas minimum wage jobs are often entry level and low-skilled, our Teachers are college educated and have years, some decades, of experience working with young children. Furthermore, we are a non profit organization, with 85% of our budget going towards personnel costs. There simply are not enough funds generated by the “business” of childcare to pay its workers a living wage, without subsidy.
The time has come for childcare workers to receive worthy wages for their extraordinarily important work.
The dedication of the SCTCC staff is remarkable. Despite the low wages inherent to the childcare profession, the staff turnover is incredibly low. Several teachers have been with the center for more than a decade, and Program Director, Nora Caruso is closing in on her ninth year with SCTCC.
What’s more, this year marks a major milestone for SCTCC Administrative Director, Sandy Davie who celebrated her 25th year with SCTCC this February! Sandy has literally seen a generation of children come through the doors and grow up. She remains a tireless advocate in the community for young children, and even won a United Way Community Hero award for her efforts.
The SCTCC is a model childcare center. Sandy, Nora, and the entire staff not only help our children become their better selves, they help us become better parents and they help other centers provide better care to thousands of children.
Now I ask you to help them by making a gift, and that you consider us if your employer has a matching program for nonprofit donations.
I hope you will join me in making a gift in recognition of the exceptional work that the SCTCC staff does, and in recognition of how much you value being a part of the SCTCC community.
Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center
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Sandy Davie Administrative Director
Nora Caruso Program Director
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