MICAH House (MH, www.themicahhouse.org/micah-daycare ) is building an on-site childcare facility and trauma-informed program complete with accessible, tailored services and therapies for each child. This model will provide essential support for parents as they work to create a sustainable future for their families. MICAH House has identiﬁed immediate access to safe, affordable and care-centric childcare as one of the most important needs for achieving stability in families experiencing homelessness.
The daycare project will consist of the construction of a 12,000 square foot building located next to MICAH House, and is anticipated to be completed during the summer of 2024. The center will serve up to 70 children, ages six weeks to six years, in a trauma-sensitive and service-rich environment. Two-thirds of the center’s spaces will be reserved for MH families. The remaining spaces will be open for families in the surrounding community. The center will include six classrooms, each with a lead teacher, along with an assistant. A center director and assistant center director will oversee the facility and programs.
The center will include ofﬁces for staff and specialists to meet with children and families. There will also be a sensory room, indoor gymnasium, outdoor play area and outdoor garden. All meals served at the center will meet the requirements for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.