Renovated early child care center on west side set to reopen

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An early child care facility at the Christamore House on the west side of Indianapolis is opening for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

The facility closed in March and it’s reopening on Oct. 26. It has been renovated and will have new staff members.

Christamore House spokesperson Mia Black told News 8 it’s been 15 years since the early child care center has been remodeled and it’s one of the only centers on the city’s west side.

The organization will have a new early child care center director who will act as an assistant teacher to the new lead teacher.

They’re taking up to 20 preschool children from ages 3-5.

Staff members said they will continue to clean thoroughly to keep children safe during the pandemic.

Director Makeda Stewart said, “It’s a three-step cleaning process. You use your soap and water first, you’ll rinse it with regular water and then you’ll use your disinfectant spray to wipe down the toys, tables, chairs, toilets, high-touch areas and then we also just make sure everything is sanitized properly before we put it back out for the next day.”

“At the age of five, you want to make sure that they’re kindergarten readiness,” said lead teacher Glynn Allen. “We provide all the enrichment within the classroom that is going to prepare them to be able to be ready for kindergarten.”

The Christamore House is hosting an open house of the early child care center on Oct. 12 from 1-6 pm.

Parents are welcomed to stop by for cider and conversation to meet the teachers and see the new classroom.

The early child care center will be open Monday-Friday from 7-6 pm.

Parents are asked to contact director Stewart for more information at 317-690-3430.