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About Building Blocks Childcare Center
Building Blocks Childcare Center in Taylorsville, Utah was purchased by Children’s Service Society (CSS) in November 2021 to provide preschool and childcare for underserved families. The center has been recently remodeled to create a safe, healthy, and high-quality learning environment. At peak capacity serves up to 47 children, ages 6 month to 5 years old. The center’s goal is to meet the growth, developmental, and early education needs of children, while fostering quality childcare, and promoting positive relationships in biological, adoptive, and kinship families.
In partnership with United Way of Salt Lake, low-income families are eligible for free or discounted childcare and preschool. By offering financial relief and family support through childcare, our program strives to close the achievement gap in early education. During the enrollment period, applicants will meet with center staff to determine eligibility and pricing.
As children are enrolled, staff, parents, and caregivers work together as a team to provide opportunities for children to grow in an inclusive, culturally sensitive, safe, and developmentally appropriate setting. The program will aid children in developing a sense of personal identity and a sense of their immediate community and cultural diversity. Each child will be better prepared to enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to thrive and be successful.
The Utah Core State Standards for Early Learning will guide our work. Staff will be responsive to children’s current strengths, knowledge, and skills when planning and creating experiences to support learning, while also being cognizant of the background and specific needs of each child. The following content areas are included in the lesson planning at the center:
- English Language Arts
- Fine Arts
- Health Education
- Lifelong Learning Practice
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
One component that sets Building Blocks apart from other early education programs is that of family engagement and building a strong community of support for children. Following the Head Start model, the CSS program will aim to educate and support the entire family structure. Parents and caregivers will work together in a collaborative effort to address barriers that hinder the optimal growth and development of children. Family engagement can be especially challenging when there are language and cultural barriers. The CSS program will serve a diverse population and employ a diverse workforce that represents the demographics of the children served.
Building Blocks Training Program
Building Blocks also serves as a training resource for professionals to gain employment skills and experience alongside qualified early childhood professionals. The training program is a vehicle that addresses gaps in services within the community and creates partnerships with families. Trainees graduate the training program with the skills necessary to open their own in-home childcare business, or to gain employment at a center. Becoming gainfully employed, in a profession that has a shortage of trained professionals, strengthens the family, the child and the community.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Building Blocks team, please email Encarni@cssutah.org to learn more!
About Children’s Service Society
Children’s Service Society of Utah (CSS) is the oldest non-denominational, non-profit child welfare and family preservation organization in Utah. CSS was organized as a day nursery in 1884 to care for unsupervised children in Salt Lake City. Today, the organization continues to empower families, caregivers, and professionals through services supporting the safety and well-being of children. CSS offers a continuum of family support through our Adoption, Building Blocks, Care About Childcare, GRANDfamilies, and Home Visitation programs.