Greensburg's Greater Parkview Church opening day care center
The Rev. Carl Jones, the pastor of Greater Parkview Church in Greensburg, has envisioned reaching out to the community with a family center.
The Each One, Teach One Family Center at the city church is opening a day care center.
It will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Greater Parkview Church and will be offered for children who are 6 weeks up to 5 years old.
“We want to reach out into the community and partner with different entities,” Jones said. “GED accreditation, after-school care and the day care is one phase that we're opening right now. Others will be phased in as we move forward.”
The day care hopes to serve between 50 to 60 children with eight teachers and several teachers' aides with backgrounds in early-childhood development.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided for the children.
Nicole Burnette, director of Greater Parkview Church, will run the day care along with Jones and his wife, Stephanie Jones.
“As far as the day care, this is a chance to stand out in the community with an enriching curriculum,” said Burnette, the mother of three children, ages 9 to 14, who has been in the child care field for more than 15 years. She has worked with Kindercare preschool and the Head Start programs and as an in-home nanny and a teacher's aide, she said.
Stephanie Jones said the day care center is just the beginning of service her husband would like to offer.
“The truancy rate, the lack of affordable, quality day care ... (we saw) an opportunity for us to give back to the community,” she said.
The Rev. Jones, who grew up as a “latch-key kid,” said he has a strong desire to open up an after-school care program that will offer tutorial programs.
The future program will serve the needs of kids who come home and don't have anyone to “cook them a hot dog or watch TV with them,” he said.
“There is such a high dropout rate and I believe a lot of that is because kids become fearful or apprehensive because they can't get their homework done,” the pastor said. “We plan to have a tutoring program to raise the rates of graduation. We want to help make them citizens that are valuable to the community.”
Jones worked for 25 years in marketing for General Motors before becoming a full-time pastor in 2009.
He and his wife are the parents of Carl Jr., 28, and twins Olivia and Forrest, 17.
“We want to show people they are cared for, loved and forgiven,” the Rev. Jones said.
The center's motto sums up the goal: “Hands Reaching In That We May Reach Out.”
It means “all hands coming together in the community to do common good,” he said. “And in doing so we reach out to give kids a better future.”
Each One, Teach One Daycare will be offered at Greater Parkview Church, 103 Westminster Ave., Greensburg. Cost is $175-$195 a week, depending on age group. For additional information, call 724-219-3526 or 724-219-3280.
Michele Stewardson is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.