|Children play on LSC-Kingwood’s KidCare playground, while their parents attend classes on campus. The KidCare Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.|
For some students, juggling college classes, a job and family responsibilities is a hard reality. To help ease some of the burden, Lone Star College-Kingwood has a daytime KidCare Center.
The mission of LSC-Kingwood’s KidCare Center is to provide exemplary childcare services for the children of students attending the college. Located in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), the program is administered in cooperation with the Lake Houston Family YMCA. LSC-Kingwood and LSC-Atascocita Center students who are enrolled in at least six hours of coursework on campus can register their children into the child care services. Online enrollment of six hours does not qualify the student for the services.
“We opened this daycare because more than 65 percent of our students are females. We recognize that as we continue to focus on completion and students earning a degree while enrolled at LSC-Kingwood…child care is a serious reality…with financial and student success implications,” said Dr. Darrin Rankin, vice president of Student Success. “We are serious about ensuring student success. The daycare center is an investment in our students and their success.”
KidCare can only accommodate 35 children from ages 3-5 at one time. Children are registered on a first-come, first served basis. While in the program, children will be taught curriculum-based objectives depending on their age level.
The KidCare program will be ran with a preferred ratio of one to 10. Staff members will meet all requirements according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services including but not limited to: background check, complete FBI fingerprinting, certified in CPR/first-aid, orientation/pre-service and observation training and monthly training.
The cost for the program is $100 per week. Drop in is $30 a day or $5 per hour with a minimum of two hours. All rates are based on per child. KidCare Center hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration forms are available at the Student Services front desk in the Student Conference Center. For more information, email Nina.A.Nichols@LoneStar.edu, or call 281-312-1535 for Student Services, or 281-318-4338 for the KidCare Center.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.