Friday, July 10, 2020
Chillin' at the Yellow Springs Community Children's Center

Did You Know?

The Yellow Springs Community Children's Center continues to adapt!

An Update from Executive Director Malissa Doster


The Yellow Springs Community Children's Center (YSCCC) is up and running . . . and retooled! Since June 1st, students and staff have been back to a routine, though altered, and during the many weeks of shutdown, staff adaptations to pandemic requirements was a full-on scramble.

We modified child care rules, implemented new policies and procedures, purchased cleaning supplies, reached out to families about their anticipated start date, reviewed large amounts of state and health department updates on rules and policies with staff, and ensured enough returning staff to care for our students. Busy we have been.

Included in the mix are new best practice policies, such as well and temperature checks for all upon arrival, face mask requirements for staff and parents, students brought to meet parents in the lobby, mandatory handwashing for anyone entering or leaving the facility, and vigorous and frequent sanitizing and cleaning. 

Our mandate to operate at half-capacity in each classroom for social distancing required a shift from 1 teacher for every 18 school-age students, to 1 teacher for every 9. With only 47 students currently enrolled, our waitlist is extensive.  

Without a doubt our staff have adapted well. While the many state-mandated changes complicate procedures, the lower teacher-student ratio has allowed us more capacity to adjust to these shifts, such as utilizing a variety of communication tools to connect families and staff who are unable to meet in person.

But challenges remain. The anticipation of another reduction of teacher-student ratios in the coming months based on the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the Miami Valley will further reduce enrollment income and continue to affect our fundraising capacity for needed building improvements. Yet akin to the core of our mission—providing an environment responsive to student's developmental level and abilities—staff and students continue to respond to the changing environment inside and outside the YSCCC. 

THANK YOU to our community members for donations and masks for teachers and students! 

To donate to YSSC:  Yellow Springs Community Children's Center  

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Board of Trustees Member Highlight—Kathryn Van der Heiden

An American by birth, I spent most of my early life in Morocco, Italy, and Belgium, because of my father's work. Having the opportunity to experience other cultures and speak other languages gave me a breadth of experience that I have valued my whole life. 

I have an MS in counseling from Wright State University and have been practicing as a Clinical Counselor since 1976, honoring race, ethnicity, religion, gender preference, and ability to pay. A multicultural and multilingual background has given me an understanding of and curiosity about differences.

My husband and I moved to Yellow Springs in 1985—an oasis where we find ourselves at home. I became involved in the community, beginning as a member of the Environmental Commission, and then serving on the Village Council in 2000 after finishing the term of another council member, where I served 2.5 years. After having been involved in a variety of organizations in the village, I joined the board of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute (GHEI) when Antioch University closed Antioch College and became the development chair, helping the Glen continue to function in collaboration with the Glen Helen Association (GHA).    

I have been on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for two years and appreciate the commitment of the trustees and staff to the process of raising funds for the good of the community and community projects. The clarity of purpose, the flexibility, the integrity of the process, and commitment and hard work of all involved are key reasons that I stay involved. 

I feel honored to be part of this organization. We truly do believe that “Together We Can Do More.”

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 7/8) Anonymous - Karen Cooper - Riley Keeton - Jim Spangler & Megan Trolander - Brad & Lynda Terry

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 7/8) Lisa Abel & Lynn Adams - Anonymous - Benevity Fund - Linda Griffith & Scott Kellogg - Christopher Hamilton - Susan & Phil Miller
Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 7/8)
Anonymous - Audrey & Grant Hackett - Patrick & Joyce Hemenger - Marc Holser - Robert Oldham - Judith Oplinger
Donors to Uplift YS Campaign Fund (week of 7/8) Anonymous - Brian Housh
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Events & News

SAVE the GLEN: Donate to the campaign to help the Glen Helen Association purchase the Glen, reopen, and restart educational programming at the YSCF Save the Glen Fund (

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Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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