Vibrant Feature: Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool
The Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool (OCADP) has provided nurturing care for our community’s infants and children since 1987. The staff at OCADP provide reliable, quality child care in an environment that nurtures and meets the individual needs of children and their families.
“Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool is really a one-stop resource for many families. We provide programming for different ages from one location, offering quality care and educational programs that are convenient for families,” shares Sheri Konz, current OCADP Director.
Programs offered include daycare for infants as young as six weeks old, three- and four-year-old preschool and before and after care for school-aged children.
Three-year-old preschool is offered at OCADP for children in the community and those that attend daycare at OCADP. Four-year-old preschool is also offered at the same location and is funded by the State of Iowa Universal Preschool Program. Because OCADP offers preschool and child care in one facility, families enjoy the convenience of having children transition from quality education to child care settings during the day.
Before- and after-school programming is held Monday through Friday for children in TK through fifth grade during the school year. This program allows children to receive care during a normal school day, early outs, late starts, no school days or weather-related days of school cancellation. Children receive school bus transportation to and from their school.
In addition, a summer program is provided for school-aged kids. Summer care encompasses a variety of themes, activities and outings. Children have the opportunity to regularly attend the swimming pool, Orange City Public Library and community parks during the week. They also engage in summer recreation through Orange City Parks and Recreation and outdoor education through planting and maintaining a summer care garden.
The OCADP facility located on the east side of Orange City was built in 2008, with a $1.7 million expansion that took place in 2015 to serve the growing number of children in the community. With the expansion, more children in the area are able to attend child care and preschool classrooms without a long waitlist that was common prior to the addition.
The OCADP employs 55 team members and the facility is licensed to care for 329 children each day.
The governing OCADP Board of Directors is comprised of members representing the MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District, the Orange City Area Health System, the City of Alton, the City of Orange City, and parents. Currently, JJ Fedders is the Board President.
To hear more updates from the Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool, attend the Vision Orange City: A Vibrant Look Forward meeting taking place on November 6.