Children's Services Inc. is a non-profit organization serving all of Monterey County with Preschool services.
CSI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit corporation, which provides childcare and related family services throughout Monterey County in California. CSI began servicing young children in 1973 with two employees working in a Quonset hut classroom on the grounds of a local church in Salinas, CA. Over the last thirty-three years CSI has opened multiple child development centers throughout the County. CSI currently has seven centers throughout the county in Pajaro, Salinas, Marina, Greenfield, Gonzales and our newest migrant worker childcare facility in Soledad. CSI’s mission directly impacts the health, education and welfare of children throughout all of Monterey County.
CSI provides an array of services for families with young children. These services are intended to empower parents, to foster effective parenting, and to ensure that the needs of young children are met. The primary purpose of our organization is to provide child care services for children whose parents are working or who are engaged in study or training programs leading to a recognized vocation or profession, and to provide care for children who have been the victims of or who are at risk of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation or who are homeless. Other services include information and referral, parent education, assistance in meeting other basic family needs, consultant services provided on a global basis to expand and improve services for young children, and training for child care providers.
CSI has had over thirty-three years experience in providing an array of programs for homeless and low-income children and their families in Monterey County. In 2005, CSI served 2,500 families daily. CSI administers the Alternative Payment Program (APP), which subsidizes childcare with some 600 providers of the parent(s) choice throughout the County.
CSI believes that every young child who needs child care should be able to access it. CSI strives to create awareness of the needs of young children and their families in order to create healthy families, which can then contribute to a healthy community and economy. CSI strives to provide affordable, high quality child care and development services; aid other entities in developing child care resources; and assist families with obtaining other needed services - medical, mental health, parent education, job training, education, and housing referrals.
CSI serves... low-income and homeless families with children, birth to school age. These families need subsidized child care in order to work, attend educational or job training, seek employment and permanent housing or they may be incapacitated. Sixty-five percent of families served by CSI in Monterey County are Hispanic. A majority of our clientele are also single, female-heads-of-household. Children and their families arrive possessing many common barriers to achieving independent living including but not limited to; homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse backgrounds. We also serve many migrant workers and are currently in the process of opening a migrant worker’s child care center in Soledad, scheduled to open late in November 2006.
Sources of Funding - The California Department of Education, Child Development Division is a major source of funding for CSI programs. Other funding sources include private and public entities, and private foundations, who typically grant funds for a specific project or purpose.
As a funded state contractor, CSI adheres to the regulations of Title V of the State Code of Education for both subsidized and parent-paid child care. All CSI centers routinely receive unannounced monitoring visits from the Department of Social Services, Child Care Licensing Division staff, to ensure the quality of our facilities and programs.
Governance - CSI is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community members as well as parents who have a child enrolled in one of our programs. One important duty of the Board of Directors is ensuring that services remain responsive to family needs and preferences.
The Children’s Cabinet is an advisory body made up of community and business leaders. These professionals are very committed in their support of CSI, advocating for CSI in the community.
CSI operates seven child development centers in Monterey County. Childcare Center enrollments range from 24 to 144 children per center. The ages of the children range from a few weeks old through 5 years of age. Our largest facility, the Family Services & Child Care Center at the former Fort Ord site in Marina, serves homeless families, providing an array of on-site services that include child care, physical and mental health services, information and referral services, family advocacy, and educational activities for children up to 8 years of age. Families are referred to this center from other nearby agencies that operate transitional housing. Our services are part of the Continuum of Care practiced by the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers. It is a model program and partnership in Monterey County.
State certified teachers and assistants maintain a staff to children ratio of 1:3 (infants); 1:4 (toddlers); 1:8 (pre-school); and 1:14 (school-age). Centers adhere to California Department of Education Exemplary Program Standards and accountability includes unannounced state licensing monitoring visits and meeting the Desired Results assessment process.
Our daily programs offer a balance of directed/self-directed, developmentally appropriate activities, implemented with flexibility to address the interests, abilities, and assessed needs of each individual child. Two meals and one snack, that meet U.S. nutrition standards, are served daily in the centers.
Children's Services Inc. is a publicly funded organization
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