Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. (MVCDC) is pleased to share this annual report for the 2017-18 program year. Under the continuing governance of our volunteer Board of Trustees, we continue to be fully committed to providing the highest possible quality program for young children in our communities primarily throughout Clark, Madison and Montgomery Counties. We are also grateful to have partners in Fairborn and Butler County for the Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Program. We have again had an incredibly busy year providing services to young children from birth to age five years. In addition to our ‘regular” work, we successfully competed for another five-year grant which started August 1, 2018. This new grant has a reduction in preschool children served (from 2164 to 1889) but a significant increase in the numbers of infants and toddlers served (from 288 to 430). These numbers are in addition to the 228 children served in the Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership grant.
While the majority of our funding comes from the federal Office of Head Start, MVCDC continues to operate the state-funded Early Childhood Education Program for Dayton Public Schools, the Springfield City Schools and Jefferson Township Local Schools. We also receive direct state funding for an additional 163 children. Together these programs now serve a total of 546 children. The children served with these funds benefit by also receiving Head Start services that are provided after the required 2.5 hours per day of state ECE funding. The level of quality is seen throughout our work as evidenced by eight sites that are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All 23 of our locations are now star-rated, with 19 being at the highest level. The comprehensive services we provide to our children and families include educational screenings and a research-based curriculum, health, dental and mental health services and a special emphasis on family engagement because parents are highly valued and well-respected as the first and best teachers of these young children. As you review this report you will see the results of our work in several areas.
MVCDC continues to be committed to being an active participant in a number of community groups in each county. There are numerous groups with whom we have on-going contracts for service as well as many service organizations that support our work through their volunteer efforts. As a non-profit business in the larger community, we employ over 550 staff throughout our primary three-county area. We are pleased that our federal funding has allowed us to continue to serve families in Clark, Madison and Montgomery Counties. The federal funds that we receive must be matched with 25% non-federal share, much of which is generated through parents and community volunteers. We are pleased to welcome visitors at any time and we are available to speak to community groups as requested. I look forward to continuing my work with our team, our partners and our community as MVCDC continues on its mission of providing high quality education and support for families in our communities. We encourage you to join us in this exciting venture and count on your support as we continue to provide high quality care and family support services for the youngest children and their families in our service area.