PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Child Day Care Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, August 4.
Children, Township Officials, Board Members all gathered for a celebration which included fun and games, food, Kona Ice and presentations by local officials.
The Parsippany Child Day Care Center was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1968. They opened with twenty children and expanded to meet the growing need for quality child care in our community. In 1980, they moved into a new building specifically designed for child care and owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. During the 1990s, they renovated with two additions to the building, which made room for infants and young toddlers. Parsippany Child Day Care Center is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are volunteers from our community.
The facility was designed specifically for the care of children, and was built with HUD funding. Our center has a total of seven classrooms, a large multipurpose room, a full service kitchen, offices, adult and children’s lavatories. We are in the process of updating our playgrounds to be in compliance with public playground standards for 2014.
The center is comprised of a diverse population of families and staff. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and speak multiple languages from all over the globe.
A very unique relationship exists between our center and Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Parsippany built the original building and owns it. A self-renewing contract allows for joint responsibility for repairs and building upkeep. Primarily the center maintains the building and the town maintains the property. They also have strong ties with civic organizations within Parsippany, including but not limited to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Rotary and the Sons of Italy Chapter 2561. They have fostered relationships with businesses, including Novartis.
They maintain a strong connection to the United Way of Northern New Jersey through a variety of programs. The center is recipients of funds to support training and education through Child Development Associate certification, tuition assistance for families, and in previous years the Commercial Real Estate grant.
Parsippany Child Day Care Center is licensed to serve 131 children, but based on teacher ratios and best practices, our goal is to operate at 105 children.
They continue to improve our services through self-evaluation, self-reflection, technical assistance, continuing education and best practices. They maintain connections within the community through activities at the Parsippany High School, Baldwin Oaks Senior Center and other local community based organizations. They participate in civic events such as Parsippany Day. They support families through a number of avenues, family breakfasts and lunches several times a year.