Braille Monitor                                                 April 2011

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Child Care at Convention

From the Editor: If you are interested in child care during the national convention this summer, you will want to read the following article carefully. Please note that preregistration is required. Here it is:

Since 1996 Carla McQuillan has organized and directed child care during sessions of the national convention. Carla is a longtime Federationist and is a leader at both the state and national levels. She is also the executive director of a non-profit organization that operates three Montessori preschools and a teacher certification program.

During convention we divide the children into three age groups: infant/toddler, preschool, and elementary. The rooms are equipped with toys, games, books, and art activities, and the baby room has cribs. Each room is assigned an experienced supervisor who engages the other care professionals. This year the supervisors will be drawn from the staff at Carla’s Montessori school. In addition, local Head Start teachers will assist with the care and activities. Alison McQuillan, Carla’s daughter, will be directing the program and staff while Carla is in sessions. Alison has worked in this capacity since 2003.

Special Activities and Events

A clown team, Dipsy and Doodle, will be conducting a clown clinic during the first few days of convention. They will teach the children some skits and explore costumes, make-up, and face painting. They will return to entertain the children during the banquet. Other special activities include water play on the lawns, projects organized by the Krafters Division, and Braille story time and music activities led by blind adults.

We anticipate a large crowd in childcare this year. It is imperative that all children be registered in advance. We have a limited number of spaces and will fill them quickly. To secure your children’s space, be sure to fill out the registration form below and mail it with your payment to:

NFB Child Care
5005 Main Street
Springfield, OR 97478

We can also accept MasterCard or Visa by phone or email. Any questions can be directed to Carla McQuillan at (541) 726-6924, or email her at <[email protected]>.

NFB Child Care Schedule

Sunday, July 3, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.*, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Monday, July 4, Closed all day
Tuesday, July 5, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.*, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Wednesday, July 6, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.*, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Thursday, July 7, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.*, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Friday, July 8, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.*, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Banquet, July 8, 6:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.*

*Closing times may vary, depending on the actual adjournment of sessions. Children must be picked up within thirty minutes of adjournment to avoid a late fee.

Child Care Fees

All week, (5 days, excluding banquet), $100.00
Siblings, $75.00
Banquet, (Includes dinner and show) $25.00
By the day, (As space is available) $25.00

Priority will be given to children who are registered for the care week. Spaces will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis, as registration and payment are received. We accept checks, money orders, MasterCard, and Visa. For more information call Carla at (541) 726-6924.