City Park Clubhouse is the first anytime child care service in Cleveland and is considered a revolutionary idea for parents on the go who need more flexibility in contemporary child care due to a changing economic lifestyle.
Jenna Curtis, owner of City Park Clubhouse, said unlike many child care services, there are no contracts or commitments to an amount of time each week at CPC. Simply register and pay by the hour.
“We’re the only place you can drop your kid off at anytime,” said Curtis. “Parents can use our services weekly to attend night school or only when there is an emergency.”
According to Curtis, there are a million reasons to utilize City Park Clubhouse, including parents having or attending dinner parties, a doctor’s appointment, meetings, a date, workout classes, studying, shopping, when working a part-time job, taking a foreign language course, running errands, going on a job interview or just to spend some valuable time alone.
Curtis said her agency allows “mommies and daddies” to take back their lives and schedules by offering anytime child care with nannies and a teacher who comes on site and teaches class once a week.
“We have a total of six nannies, including myself,” said Curtis. “Two of them are teachers. We do a background check on every employee. We also do drug screenings.”
The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, the nation’s leading voice for child care, released its Child Care in America 2010 State Fact Sheets.
The report states in part: “In today’s economy, the number of parents losing jobs, working part time, taking pay cuts, or working two or more jobs is rising. Parents are forced to make difficult decisions about the care of their children. The high cost of child care is causing many parents to remove their children from organized child care and make do with whatever arrangements they can find and/or afford.”
The agency, with more than 700 state and local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide, said the average annual fees paid for before-and-after school care for a school-age child in a center in Tennessee is $2,451.
Curtis said her anytime child care service is an affordable idea whose time has come and families in Cleveland are welcome to come out and view the center as well as ask questions about the family-friendly agency.
“Our center is conveniently located near Wal-Mart on Keith Street and is safe and reliable,” said Curtis. “You can reserve an appointment for just about anytime — day or night. We accept children ages 6 weeks to 10 years old. All it takes is a quick registration that involves an application, emergency information and an immunization check sheet.”
According to Curtis, there will be webcams installed soon so parents can view their children live via laptop, i-phone or any other phone that accesses the Internet.
Curtis calls City Park Clubhouse her dream come true since she first realized its need and her mission in life to meet that need.
“I saw a lady lugging a huge stroller in the bathroom mall while she was trying to keep her 3-year-old son from running away,” said Curtis. “I felt so bad for her and realized something needed to be done to help parents. Often parents feel like a slave to parenting.”
Curtis, who has two children, said parents must schedule appointments between naps and ask grandparents and other relatives to watch their children just to go to the doctor or run simple errands — a dilemma she is hoping to help resolve with her nanny service and educational center.
“After 10 years of planning and a clear understanding that this is my life’s calling, I created City Park Clubhouse. This service is my life’s calling and I promise to provide excellence in safety, convenience, kindness and a fun environment for kids.”
The agency also provides off-site services through roving nannies for birthday parties, weddings and other large events.
“We are also available for weddings and other events,” said Curtis. “We can reserve space here at the center or send nannies out to your location.”
Special Needs children that require one-on-one attention are also welcome at the agency, said Curtis, adding, “My only regret is not starting this service sooner because it’s so needed. This has given me peace in knowing I’m answering my calling.”
For further information about City Park Club House, visit www.cityparkclubhouse.com or call 790-1355.