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Drop-in day care
April 2, 2004
Kim and Donna Gunn on daywear day at Today Care, with Stacy Ditmyer, care giver.
photo by Dana Johnson
Since last September, on a trial basis, Vanderbilt Medical Center has offered employees alternative day care for both well and sick children. The provider is Today Care, located at 810 Broadway Ave.
Kim Gunn’s 6 year old, Donna, has so far this year spent eight days at the center, when her school has closed for vacation or teachers in-service. Gunn is an administrative assistant in the Medicine patient care center.
“They’re so great,” Gunn said of the Today Care staff, “my daughter gets excited when she’s going there. This is such a fabulous place; it’s a very good quality program.” The recent pajama day was a big hit, Gunn said. In addition to worthwhile activities for children, Gunn describes the center as offering good security and easy drop-off and pick-up.
The center charges parents a co-pay of $10 for each visit, and is open to children from 3 months to 12 years old. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sick children are assessed by a registered nurse upon arrival at the center, and are assigned to separate rooms based on age and illness, so that, for example, children with stomach illnesses are not mixed with those with colds. The use of Vanderbilt sick leave to care for sick children is unchanged, giving parents an option to keep a child at home or use the care center. To reserve slots at Today Care, call 250-2600.
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