This little guy is getting ready to ride on into the barnyard because it’s almost—Barnyard Time! The Steady Steps Spring Fundraiser event, 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at the Community Building is for everyone who enjoys a real down-home good time. Be sure to join us for fun, great BBQ and auctions!
Title: Why Fundraisers for Steady Steps?
Is Steady Steps Poor? Well, yes, but for a good reason! Steady Steps, a licensed child care center, operates as a non-profit and is open to all in the community, providing tuition for working families that is affordable and based on a sliding scale according to income.
There is often some confusion with Steady Steps being located at the First United Methodist Church. Some people tend to think that children at Steady Steps are mostly children of the church members. Fact is, only 5% of enrolled children are the children of Methodist Church members!
It is true, however, that the Methodist Church is deeply involved with Steady Steps. The reason for this is that Steady Steps is their chosen project. Here’s a bit of history of Steady Steps. Steady Steps was conceived as a faith-based mission-ministry for young children for the members of Mason’s First United Methodist Church. The program was created to fill a critical community need for a child care facility and preschool. Prior to the establishment of Steady Steps, the only options available to families were two small home-based programs and Head Start. Working parents/guardians had few options. In response to this need, the First United Methodist Church of Mason empowered its Education Committee in August 1998 to study the feasibility of creating a program to serve Mason County children. In November 1998, this group began work to open Steady Steps. As of February 2000, Steady Steps was fully licensed and operating as a child care center with capacity for 51 children, serving Infants, Toddlers, Pre-Kindergarten and School Age, and offering full-day, year-round childcare services.
Now, as of its 10th Anniversary in 2010, Steady Steps has served hundreds of children. Providing a solid foundation with quality early care and education, Steady Steps helps children become school-ready and prepared for a lifetime success.
So, while the Methodist Church members have worked very hard over the past 10 years to keep the ministry of Steady Steps going, they can’t do it alone. Steady Steps helps all families in the community and all families in the community are needed to help keep this great program going. So, mark your calendars for our big fundraiser the Saturday after Easter: 6:00 p.m. Community Building, Saturday, April 10th. Come on down for Barnyard Time!