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Child Care at Convention

Reprinted from the Braille Monitor, April 2011

Carla McQuillanSince 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 nonprofit organization that operates three Montessori preschools and a teacher certification program in Oregon.

During convention the children are divided into three age groups: infant/toddler, preschool, and elementary school. The child care rooms are equipped with toys, games, books, and art materials, and the baby room also 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 schools. In addition, local Head Start teachers will assist with the care and activities. Alison McQuillan, Carla's daughter, will direct the program and staff when Carla is in sessions. Alison has worked in this capacity since 2003.

Special Activities and Events

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

We anticipate a large crowd in child care this year. It is imperative that all children be registered in advance. Spaces are limited, and they fill quickly. To secure your child's space, 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 e-mail. Direct questions to Carla McQuillan at (541) 726-6924, or e-mail her at admin@mainstreetmontessori.org.

NFB Child Care Schedule

Sunday, July 3, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Monday, July 4, Closed

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.

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