Let's ReVillage Our City.
Do you need affordable, full-time childcare for ages 2-5?
Do you desire to build meaningful community among other families?
Do you feel alone in the champion work of balancing parenting, work + everything else in life?
ReVillage is a non-profit, play-based, certified childcare co-operative hosted in Bend by families like you.
OUR MISSION & VISION
ReVillage works to ensure that all Central Oregon families--across income, race, language, orientation & identity, and background--have the care and opportunity they need to thrive in work and in play by cultivating affordable, accessible, equitable childcare cooperatives; empowering parents; cultivating community; and advocating for system-wide, family-friendly practices and policies.
We imagine (and work toward) a world in which all families have the community support and access to care they need in order to thrive in work and play.
HOW REVILLAGE WORKS
Our set up works best for families that view this program both as an affordable childcare option and an opportunity to help create an environment where children thrive & develop a sense of belonging.
ReVillage @ First Presbyterian
8AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday
ReVillage offers full time, high quality, play-based child care which takes place at our certified childcare center in First Presbyterian Church in Bend.
Families are asked to commit to a minimum 3 month participation in the program. Tuition is a flat rate of $350.00 each month, paid by the 15th. **If tuition is a hardship, you may qualify for a full scholarship through Baby Promise, click here for more information and to see if you are eligible.**
Families giving time at the center is integral to our program. In order to create an atmosphere of community and belonging for our children and ourselves, as well as keep our tuition costs low, we require a family representative to "give" time by supporting our facilitators a total of 8 hours per month.
There are options to give morning shifts (8am-12pm) or afternoon shifts (12pm-4pm).
If your hours or your partner's hours do not allow for you to give time to the co-op during our operating hours, other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis
Family Engagement & Required Training
All family representatives who will give time at the center, must complete a background check and have their fingerprint clearance card in order to give time.
Participating family representatives must complete an orientation and training (CPR & First Aid, Safe Sleep, Child Abuse, etc.) prior to starting. Trainings will incur no cost to family representatives and can be taken online.
While "giving" time to the co-op, the facilitators will need your support and will guide you on how to help throughout the day.
Families are invited to our monthly ReVillage meeting held once a month. This will be held in person at the center. This is optional for all members to participate. Certain months, we will use our monthly meeting as a potluck and each bring a dish to share. **While COVID safety protocols are still required, we will gather online via Zoom.**
What Is Play-Based Learning?
Play-based learning is a type of early childhood education based on child-led and open-ended play. It is child-centered. Play itself is a voluntary, enjoyable activity with no purpose or end goal. Play-based learning helps children develop social skills, motivation to learn, and even language and numeracy skills. Taking initiative, focused attention, and curiosity about the world are all a part of play.
Elements of play based learning include:
Self chosen: A child voluntarily chooses to play, how they’ll play, and for how long. An adult may initiate play insofar as he or she invites or suggests play but the child determines the rest.
Enjoyable: Play is enjoyable for the child. This emotional aspect is important. There may be some frustrations or disagreements during play but overall it’s pleasurable.
Unstructured: A child has ample time to explore and discover during play. They’re directed by their own interests, not by any prescribed rules or plans.
Process-oriented: There is no end or learning goal. Instead, it’s the process of play that’s important.
Make believe: Play often involves imagination, ‘make believe,’ or ‘playing pretend.’