John R. Grubb/House of Mercy Child Development Center
John R. Grubb/House of Mercy Child Development Center is a licensed child care facility that serves the children of House of Mercy residential, outpatient and continuing care clients as well as alumnae. The center serves children six weeks old through school age. On average, twenty to thirty percent of the children residing at House of Mercy have been affected by drugs taken by their mothers during pregnancy and as a result have special needs. Some of these children are developmentally delayed and suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. All children at House of Mercy qualify as at-risk children. Child care is available to all program participants who are working or attending educational activities, counseling sessions or treatment programming.
Teachers provide a non-biased, multi-cultural, developmentally appropriate curriculum. Developmental assessments are completed regularly on all of the children to support their individual learning plans. Children are offered experiences designed to promote positive self-concept, social skills, critical thinking/problem solving, language development, physical development and creative expression. Child Development Center staff also work with the clients to assist them in enhancing their existing skills and developing new, more effective parenting approaches. Parenting education is age specific and complimented by a structured daily “family activity” that focuses on assisting mothers in the development of the skills they require to interact appropriately with their children.