Childcare Resources’ new Mobile Library began service this week, delivering resources Wednesday to childcare providers in Jasper, Carbon Hill and Sumiton.
The free service is also available in Blount and Shelby counties and rural areas of Jefferson County.
The Mobile Library delivers much needed books, music, play items, puppets and teacher curriculum and lesson planning guides to child care programs to improve the quality of childcare.
Teachers at Christ United Methodist Church’s daycare program in Jasper were able to stock up on books for their classes when the mobile library van arrived Wednesday morning.
“It’s a great resource for us. We have our own library here, but we don’t have every book we need,” said Tracy Waid, director of the daycare program at Christ United Methodist. “A lot of times they will have themed-type boxes that will go along with our units of study, and we can check out a themed-type box and use it.”
During the month of October, childcare providers may choose to keep books and other resources for their programs. Childcare Resources is donating useable materials from their collection to childcare programs as the agency prepares to stock its shelves with new resources for 2014.
After that, teachers may check out items for a month from the Mobile Library when it makes its monthly visits.
“It’s fantastic to have them come out once a month and provide that service for us for free,” Waid said. “When you’re on a limited budget, it helps. They also come out and do workshops with us, too. We’re really glad to have the opportunity to have this resource available to us.”
Christ United Methodist normally has between 50 and 60 kids on a daily basis, Waid said.
In addition to Christ United Methodist Church in Jasper, the Mobile Library also makes monthly stops at The Lighthouse Daycare in Carbon Hill, the Arc of Walker County and various home-based daycares in Jasper, and All God’s Children daycare in Sumiton. Officials say they are also looking to expand their service to other daycare providers in Walker County.
Childcare Resources is able to operate because of grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and additional support from Crown Automobile, along with support for materials from PNC Grow Up Great and United Way of Central Alabama.
For more information on the Mobile Library service, contact Beverly Cook at Childcare Resources at 205-252-1991.
“I don’t know why any childcare center would not take advantage of this opportunity,” Waid said.