Child Care Center
Employment with Valley Health System makes you eligible to use our Employee
Child Care Center. We are located on the Amherst Street Winchester Medical
Center campus. The staff of our Child Care Center help your child feel
secure and happy, as well as stimulated, in our well-organized and challenging
learning environment. You can concentrate on job responsibilities knowing
that your child is close, safe, learning developmental milestones and
Below are a few facts about our Child Care Center. For more information,
please contact Lorraine Zelaski, director; JeanAnn Adams, manager; or
Suzanne Woskobunik, supervisor at 540-536-8815 or 540-536-8818.
Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of each employee. However,
the center has certain capacity and teacher-to-child ratio limits. There
may be a waiting list for some age levels. All children are able to begin
attending our Child Care Center as soon as space becomes available in
an age-appropriate classroom.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Every other weekend, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Note: 6 - 8 p.m. and weekends are our extended care hours, and the parent/legal
guardian who is the Valley Health employee must be on duty for the child
to attend. Reservations need to be made in advance.
6 weeks through 5th Grade
- Infants / Toddlers (4:1)
- 2 year-olds (8:1)
- 3 year-olds to 5 year-olds (10:1)
- School-age children (18:1)
Rate as of 1-1-17 for Monday-Friday 4 to 10 hours
Rate of of 1-1-17 for Weekend Days 4 to 10 hours
Hourly Rate for under 4 hours
Hourly Rate for Extended Care
Hourly Rate for Over 10 hours
Explorers / Pathfinders
Adventurers / Discoverers
Creators / Trailblazers
The evening care rate for any service after 6:00 p.m. will follow the hourly
rate rule per age group as above.
Additionally, care provided over 10 hours per day will be charged at an
hourly rate as above,
An annual enrollment fee of $25.00/child will be charged on January 1,
2017. This will be expected with the first tuition payment of the year.
This is common practice in the industry and provides additional revenue
to help cover costs of supplies and resources for operation of the program.
Our program is sponsored by USDA. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider
The daily program at our Child Care Center consists of age-appropriate
activities led by trained staff members following a specified curriculum.
Each day will include a variety of activities for the growth and well-being
of your whole child. Planned experiences will encourage the development
of motor, social, language, quantitative, music, sensory, and arts and
crafts skills. All children are encouraged to participate in teacher and
self-initiated activities. The daily schedule will satisfy your child’s
basic needs for nourishment and rest, as well as provide a variety of
quiet and more active experiences.
6:00 – 8:15 Various free play activities, cereal (6:00 – 7:00)
8:15 – 8:30 Clean-up, bathroom break, handwashing
8:30 – 8:45 “Snackfast”
9:00 – 10:00 Teacher-initiated group time (Stories, puzzles, art)
10:00 – 11:00 Outside time (If weather is bad…music &
movement, other free choice activities)
11:00 – 11:30 Handwashing, lunch
11:45 – 12:15 Quiet activities, TV time, prepare for rest
12:30 – 2:30 Rest / Teacher lunch breaks
2:30 – 3:00 Bathroom / Afternoon snack
3:00 – 4:00 Outside time
4:00 – 5:30 Free choice time in room (More stories, games)
5:30 – 6:00 Clean up time / Remaining children join together in
6:15 Dinner for evening care children (provided by the parents) followed
by free play, homework, stories, etc. until pick up
** Infants follow individualized schedules with developmental experiences
during waking hours.
**School-age children follow the regular schedule when they are at the
Center all day. They will rest some, but other options may be offered
at naptime when they are present for the whole day. Doing homework after
school is encouraged.