Where is Appleseed’s new early learning and child care center?
The new center will be at 1102 E. Grace Street – right next door to the Franciscan Health Rensselaer hospital and just behind the physical therapy services building. Our design and renovation team is working hard to transform the space into a happy, nurturing place for our kids to learn and grow.
Who will operate the center?
Right Steps a not-for-profit organization based in Lafayette, will manage the day-to-day operations of the center. This includes enrollment of families, hiring and management of teachers and staff, and all administrative paperwork.
Right Steps is an expert in the field of early childhood education, and they have been serving kids, families, and child care providers for more than 50 years. Right Steps operates five centers in the Lafayette area, a center in Goodland and the Growing Patch Learning Center in Remington.
Who can go to the new center?
The new center will welcome children from 6 weeks old through five years old. (Some of our kids will turn six while they attend preschool at the center – that’s ok!) We will have designated rooms for infants, younger toddlers, older toddlers, younger preschoolers, and older preschoolers. There will be about 70 total seats available.
Click here to join the waitlist for enrollment.
When will the center open?
[Updated in September 2022] The center is on track to open in early 2023, following completion of the building renovations. Check the Appleseed Childhood Education Facebook page for updates on our progress, including job opportunities, enrollment information, and special sneak peeks of the inside of the new center.
What are the center’s hours of operation?
The center will be open Monday through Friday, from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Central time, 52 weeks a year.
How do I reserve a spot for my child?
[Updated in May 2022] If you're thinking about enrolling your child when the center opens, fill out this Family Registration form on the Right Steps website. This tells Appleseed & Right Steps that you're interested in the center's services for your family. We'll provide more details about the enrollment process as we get closer to the center's opening.
Will the center be affordable for my family?
Every family who attends our center will receive a discount off the full cost of care. We encourage all families to contact the center for accurate information about cost and financial assistance once enrollment begins.
Appleseed has and will continue to raise funds in order to make high-quality care and early education more affordable for families. If you are interested in making a donation that will directly help families with child care costs, contact us.
Will the center accept state vouchers?
Yes. We encourage families who plan to use vouchers to contact the center once enrollment opens.
How can I find out more about the new center? Can I take a tour?
When the new center is ready for visitors, we will welcome families and community members to come see the space. (We can hardly wait for that day!) Until then, check out the other Right Steps centers to get a feel for what the new center in Rensselaer will offer.
How can I apply to work at the new center?
Please visit Right Steps’ careers website [https://rightstepscdc.org/careers/] to see all open positions and how to apply. Positions for the Rensselaer location will be added soon.
How can I help support the center?
You can make a tax-deductible charitable donation to Appleseed Childhood Education in two ways:
Are you accepting non-monetary donations?
We are not accepting non-monetary donations at this time [September 2022]. However, we may ask for certain items in the future. We will post those items here and on the Appleseed Childhood Education Facebook page. We may post volunteer opportunities, as well.
Until then, please know that every time you share our social media posts, leave a supportive comment, or tell someone about the new early learning center, you are helping us fulfill our mission. We appreciate you.
Have another question?
Feel free to send us an additional question through our contact page if you didn't see the answer listed above. Thank you.
Appleseed Childhood Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates to support the creation, facilitation, and enhancement of education opportunities for children in and around Jasper County, Indiana, from birth through high school.