If the Vandalia Playcare, which has been serving Vandalia area families for 46 years, does not get at least 10 students signed up for next year by an April 1 registration deadline, it is possible the facility will be shut down.
“We have to start out with at least 10 kids and 10 still doesn’t pay the bills,” said Vandalia Playcare Treasurer Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell.
“We really need 15-20 students…We are kind of down to our last dollar, so to speak…We want to offer this to the community if there is a need. If there’s not a need, we cannot continue to pour money into this.”
Goodpasture-Culwell says 10 students doesn’t pay for all of the expenses like a director’s pay, electric, AmerenUE, and insurance on the building.
Currently, Playcare only has eight students who are all at the facility in the afternoon.
At one time, Vandalia Playcare serviced 20, 3-4 year old students from 8-11 a.m. and another 20 4-5 year olds were at the facility from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Playcare’s vision is to get area students ages 3-5 ready for kindergarten.
When attending Playcare, students will learn how to write their names, learn their address, learn simple words, learn their telephone number, learn their alphabet, and more.
One main requirement for kids in the program is they are potty trained.
Pre-registrations for the next year are due by April 1.
The cost is $10 to pre-register. Goodpasture-Culwell said if Playcare doesn’t stay open, the $10 will be refunded.
“We’d like to have a really good idea of who we’ve got coming,” she added.
“Even if you’re not sure and even if you think you might use Playcare, you can still pre-register.”
To pre-register, mail a $10 payment along with the child’s name, age, and parental contact information to Vandalia Playcare, P.O. Box 112, Vandalia, MO 63382.
Vandalia Playcare is currently selling Shakespeare’s pizza for a fundraiser. Goodpasture-Culwell said another fundraiser will be done in the summer if Play Care is still open.
“The community supports (Playcare) very well,” Goodpasture-Culwell said when it comes to donations. “But we need it supported with kids, otherwise there is no need for us to keep it open.”