An important statement about staff and addressing staffing challenges

August 2021

We are all aware that following Covid, many businesses have had trouble hiring individuals.  At St. Luke, we also have struggled to get enough applicants for our Child Development Center.  Although typically the field of Child Care attracts individuals who truly love children, it is hard for those individuals to work in a job they feel called to do (i.e. Child Care) when they can get paid more to work in fast food or similar environments.

The purpose of this letter is to share with you, the parents, how amazing our Child Care Teachers are.  Our society has largely ignored the importance of child care and so at this juncture following Covid, St. Luke is stepping up as an advocate for this profession.

Child Care Teachers are one of the biggest influences in a young child’s life.  During a child’s most formative years, from infancy till they start Kindergarten, Child Care Teachers spend more of a child’s waking time with him/her than almost any other adult in the child’s life.

 Teachers who work in Child Care will tell you the things they love about taking care of children—having an impact on each child’s life, those joyous moments when a child takes a next step or learns a concept, the hug from a child, words of appreciation or support from a parent, and knowing that their job has meaning and makes a difference.

But even for Child Care Teachers who love working with children, the field of child care is challenging.  Caring for children (not just one or two children, but a whole class of them) is physically, mentally and emotionally draining.

The life of a Child Care Teacher can include any/all of the following:  Changing diapers or helping a child go potty, feeding and cleaning up after a meal, supervising children in the learning centers and free play, taking care of a child who is tired or not feeling well while still managing the classroom, cleaning and sanitizing, making and implementing lesson plans, updating learning centers in the classroom, helping new children learn the ropes in the classroom, helping children learn to interact with other children and adults, dealing with a child’s temper tantrum (which may or may not include a child verbally or physically lashing out at the teacher), communicating with parents, completing continuing education in the evenings or on weekends…all of these things, while still maintaining a loving and positive role modeling for their class of children.  (And this list is just the beginning!)

We appreciate you as parents for choosing our Center.  We hope this letter helps you better understand the value of everything that your child’s teacher does each day.  We encourage you to express appreciation to your child’s teacher often!

One of the steps St. Luke is taking to place value on this profession is to increase our pay scale.  On August 1 we began to increase the pay for our employees, both new hires and existing staff.  Now and in the years to come, we hope to maintain a pay scale that will help us compete, especially for quality applicants.

Employment Openings

If you have experience working with infants and/or children and are interested in working at St. Luke Child Development Center, you can email your resume to childcare@stlukeumc.com, or you can come apply in person.  Our Child Development Center entrance is on the north side of our building (off Davenport Street).  We will receive walk-in applicants Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

We prefer applicants who are age 19 or older and who have at least 3 years of experience working with infants and/or children.  We do a criminal background check and drug screen on all applicants.