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PC Tots nears March opening

Brixton Matthews plays at the PC Tots child care center, which is set to officially open in late March. Matthews is the son of the PC Tots executive director Libby Bailey, who says March 28 has been set as a tentative opening date, and parents are encouraged to submit applications for their children. (Bubba Brown/Park Record)

After months of preparations, PC Tots is nearly ready to start welcoming its first children.

Libby Bailey, executive director of the non-profit, which is aiming to provide affordable child care for parents in the Park City area, said a tentative opening date of March 28 has been set. And parents have been eager to get their children enrolled in the center, which will provide extended-day (7 a.m. to 6 p.m., including school district holidays) care for children from six weeks to five years old.

"We feel pretty confident we’ll be able to open on March 28," she said. "We’re still pending (state) licensure, but we’re feeling very confident. We’re telling parents to get in their applications."

To apply, parents must visit pctots.org and submit an application, along with a commitment fee of the first month’s tuition. For the full program (Monday through Friday), tuition is $850 a month for children under 2 and $750 a month for older children. Programs that include care for fewer days a week are also available, while there will also be scholarships for children whose families can’t afford tuition.

Parents who don’t need child care until a few months into the future, such as pregnant mothers who wish to enroll their children after maternity leave, can also apply.

"We’re filling up very quickly, but there certainly are still openings," Bailey said.

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In addition to setting an opening date, PC Tots has organized two community outreach events scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27. First will be an open house, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for families interested in enrolling their children to come check out the center, which is located at 1850 Sidewinder Drive.

"Families are welcome to just come see us and talk to us," Bailey said. "We’ll have several teachers that we’ve already hired who will be there, and they can just sort of meet us and get a feel for everything. Once families have taken a tour of PC Tots, people have really embraced it. This is a really important decision for families, so we really welcome them."

Following the open house, PC Tots will host a community fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money to offset the cost of the furniture and materials that fill the center. Bailey said people who attend can donate money to specific areas of interest.

"If you’re really interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and that’s your passion for young children to be introduced to STEM, you could sponsor the whole STEM area," she said. "If you believe in language and literacy, there’s our books and library section. Each community member can decide where they want to put their money. We want people to feel like they’re making a solid and tangible investment into PC Tots. We really want you to know where your money is going and what you’re giving to young children."

For more information, visit pctots.org.