OGDEN -- Nearly 100 children enrolled at The Children's School at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College soon will play in the shade and sit on new furniture.
The school recently received a $36,000 quality environments grant from the Office of Child Care/Department of Workforce Services and the Federal Child Care Development Fund for remodeling, equipment and materials.
The money will be used for tables, chairs, shelving, painting easels, puppets, blocks, science materials, books and small manipulative toys.
In addition, a sandbox and shade structure will be added to the toddler playground for summer.
A water source for sand play, outside musical instruments and some planter boxes also will be included.
To reduce noise, the school will add soundproofing materials to the gymnasium and the rooms housing infants, toddlers and kids ages 2 to 3.
"This is a grant that centers have to compete for in order to receive," said Jenara Weaver, manager of The Children's School.
"When awarded the grant, staff are required to attend training to meet the goals they have chosen to work on during the grant period.
"The centers match the funding by paying for training, tuition and wages for time spent in class."
Weaver said the match also includes having the director spend time with the staff to help them meet their goals, and to observe and provide training and feedback to them.
Ninety-four children are enrolled in The Children's School, which has the capacity to care for 101, Weaver said.
Currently, there is a waiting list of parents hoping to join, and interested parents can call 801-627-8430 to be added to the list.
The children range in age from 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. The purpose is to provide quality child care services to the children of staff, students and community members, Weaver said.
"The Children's School is a great place for children to be while their parents are working or attending classes," she said.
"The school is clean, safe and a very pleasant environment for the children and families that come here.
"We have very small turnover with our staff, so children become familiar with their teachers and can depend on that teacher to be there when they come every day."
Weaver said the school recently installed new carpet and repainted, in addition to replacing the outside structure with a new one that is lower to the ground and much safer for the children.
"In my opinion and many parents', we are the best child care facility in the area. We are very proud of our reputation," Weaver said.
"I am so excited that we received this grant. It will make our center an even better place for the children to learn and grow."