The Neighborhood Child Care Center (NC3) was founded in 1977 by Todd Greenbaum, Mary Staperfenne Greenbaum and several community leaders who perceived a need for quality child care and family support services. Since it’s inception, NC3 has provided countless numbers of families a safe, loving and healthy childcare environment. As a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based organization, NC3 is concerned with offering educational and recreational programs for children. The Center’s objective is to provide positive experiences which allow the child to grow independently, physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Every child’s abilities, interests and limitations are considered in the planning of the daily program. With a “learning through play” model, concepts are incorporated into the activities. This allows the child freedom to experience new ideas through play. The program allows for structure and openness with staff. The child is encouraged to learn through exploration, self-direction and communication. Staff has always been a major priority at the Neighborhood Child Care Center. There is strong emphasis placed on education and experience. Todd Greenbaum holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. He has considerable experience in children’s programming, community activities and the performing arts. Mary Staperfenne Greenbaum holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. She also holds a Masters degree from Oakland University in Early Childhood Education. She has extensive experience in children and family services and is currently teaching in the Early Childhood Department at Oakland Community College. All NC3 staff applications are carefully screened prior to employment for references, DHS and MSP clearance. Selection is based upon history, education and work experience. They must possess a natural, genuine interest and concern in the healthy growth and development of children. Most importantly, they are part of our team because they truly like to “play” with children. Upon hiring, all staff are required to complete the NC3 training program consisting of philosophy, child development and programming. Staff continuing education is always encouraged.
1978 – NC3 ORGANIZES FIRST ANNUAL ‘KIDS ACTION DAY’
1979 – “YEAR OF THE CHILD” ROCHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE 1ST PLACE - YOUTH DIVISION
1981 – CITY OF PONTIAC RECIPIENT OF MAYORS AWARD
1983 – NC3 PRODUCES SUMMER ADVENTURES CABLE TV SERIES ‘FAMILY FOCUS’
1987 – NC3 OPENS IN ROCHESTER 1993 – NC3 AWARDED THE ACE AWARD FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING 2001 – WINNER OF THE MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S QUALITY CARE AWARD 2003 – KIDS & GRANDPARENTS ROCHESTER CHRISTMAS PARADE 1st PLACE – NC3 & OPC
2005 – CREATION OF NC3 WEBSITE www.NC3online.com 2008 – VOTED BEST OF THE BEST READERS CHOICE AWARD – SUBURBAN LIFESTYLES 2010 – American Forest Foundation – Project Learning Tree 2014 – NC3 /RHPL Parent/Child series