New York City's Caedmon School Launches Innovative Daycare Program for Teachers, Staff

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The Caedmon School, the first Montessori school established in New York City, has launched an innovative daycare program for the children of teachers and staff -- the first such program for an Independent school in the city. The program has allowed the school to retain all of its teachers from the prior school year. .

Our new Caedmon Nursery is clearly a win-win proposition for the teachers, staff, students and parents of The Caedmon School.

The Caedmon School (http://www.caedmonschool.org), the first Montessori school established in New York City, has launched an innovative daycare program for the children of teachers and staff -- the first such program for an Independent school in the city.

The Caedmon Nursery, a licensed daycare facility serving children aged 2 months to 2 years, began operations with the 2009-2010 academic year. This has allowed The Caedmon School to retain all of its teachers from the prior school year, the first time in recent memory the school has had 100% staff retention.

The nursery program, for which participants share some of the cost, offers numerous benefits to the entire Caedmon community. These include:

  • Staff members with young children can continue their careers without interruption, accruing benefits such as seniority and retirement savings;
  • Teacher/parents can visit with their children in the nursery during the school day;
  • Caedmon School students can with greater certainty look forward to seeing the same teachers year after year; and
  • Reduced turnover offers the school cost savings in areas such as the recruiting and training of new teachers.

"The Caedmon Nursery is an important new program for us, allowing those teachers and staff with very young children to continue their careers at The Caedmon School without interruption. Parents can use break periods to visit with their children in the nursery, a great advantage over outside childcare solutions. Importantly, the ability to better retain teachers is good for our Caedmon School students as well, bringing even greater consistency and sense of community to their educational experience," said Greg Blackburn, Head of School at The Caedmon School.

"Our new Caedmon Nursery is a clearly win-win proposition for the teachers, staff, students and parents of The Caedmon School. We look forward to watching it grow and thrive in the months and years to come," Blackburn added.

During the 2008-2009 school year, The Caedmon Nursery was announced to the staff and for its inaugural year four young children were enrolled. The nursery can accommodate up to seven children and is one of only a handful of such programs at Independent schools nationwide.

About the Caedmon School
The Caedmon School was the first Montessori school established in New York City and the second in the United States. It was founded in 1962 and currently serves about 250 children age 2.9 through the 5th grade. Based on Manhattan's Upper East Side, The Caedmon School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England and the American Montessori Society.

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