To all of our donors we would like to take this opportunity
to say “Thank you so very much.” Without you, the center would not be able to
West Wind Village provides the space and food
Head Start Program
Stevens Community Medical Center
University of Minnesota Morris
Morris Eagles Club
There are many others for both the
small and large contributions.
was required to replace all of its cribs to meet new Federal crib standard. The
replacement of the cribs had the ability to great effect the center’s financial
status. We would like to take a moment to thank those that contributed $250
each (the cost of the new crib):
- Stevens County
- Troy and Jennifer Goodnough Family
THANK YOU!!! The babies love their
As a nonprofit organization, we do depend on support from the
community for some of our improvement and maintenance projects. Fundraisers,
volunteer hours and donations help us to continue to provide care for the
children of working families in Morris.
If you are looking for a way to support Morris Area
Center, here is a list of
items needed regularly:
(sticks and liquid)
(Infant Toys): 3A, 2A, C, and D
Disposable Wipes and Diapers
Used toys for all ages Infant – Pre K
brief summary of the history of Morris Area
is a non-profit organization established in 1995. Various groups at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) tried for 20
years to create a child care center on campus with no success. The UMM
Commission on Women took over the effort in 1990. UMM and its Commission on
Women long saw the need to provide a loving and nurturing child care service
with the added benefit of high quality preschool education.
its inception, the UMM Commission on Women identified the creation of a
child care center as a high priority. UMM Chancellor Dave Johnson
appointed the Child Care Task Force in response to Commission on Women
concerns in 1990-91.
Child Care Task Force felt that space on campus was at a premium and
recommended that a joint UMM/Morris area community group be appointed as
the Child Care Advisory Council (CCAC) to work toward the creation of a
child care center somewhere in Morris.
1992-93, under the leadership of Coordinator Janet Ahern, the Commission
hired a part-time resource person for the child care center initiative
(first Nancy Jost, then Mark Olson and Sarah Kissock held the post). For
the next two years, the CCAC worked on finding a suitable location,
writing grants for start-up funds, fundraising, etc. During this time, the
CCAC determined that a separate NON-PROFIT organization would have to be
created in order to make the most of grant opportunities and so the MACCC
Commission pledged a significant amount of its carryover funds to the
MACCC in the form of an external lab fee which was paid in installments.
The Chancellor made a contribution on behalf of the campus which was
matched by the SCEIC.
opened its doors in September 1995. The Morris campus has continued its
support of MACCC through extension of an external lab fee under
chancellors Schumann and Johnson.
renovation of a wing of the community’s senior care center, which is now West Wind Village,
secured a permanent home for MACCC.
Children in the care of MACCC have enjoyed a one-on-one
relationship with the seniors making their home at the Village. Each classroom makes weekly visits to
their grand-friends for planned activities and events. Everyone looks forward to these weekly
2001, MACCC established a collaborative relationship with WCMCA-Head
Start. Head Start renovated a
second wing of the Village where the main entrance and offices are
currently housed. This addition
added a second preschool classroom and the opportunity to provide
full-day, full-year Head Start services to children enrolled at the
center. Head Start mentors and
supports the teaching staff as they offer an enhanced curriculum for all
children at the center.
2008, the MACCC experienced difficult times. The support from the
community, in particular businesses such as the Stevens
Center, Superior Industries and Westwind Village have helped to keep the
center alive. A new business plan and a financial study by UMM faculty
during the summer were the basis for a renewal of the board, the director
and the business practices in fall of 2008.
October 2008 to August 2012, Bonny Grant worked as the director of the
2010, the center is running without support from UMM.
October 2012, Maria Burns took over as the director of the center.