The Oregon Golf Association wasn't the only organization holding a golf event this week. The Woodburn Family Learning Center held a mini golf meet-and-greet Saturday, June 18, in an effort to reengage with the surrounding community.
The event featured Disney tunes, nine holes of mini golf sponsored by local businesses, and food. It went from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center, which has been operating since 1969 and in its current location at 1440 Newberg Highway since 1978, was seeking a way to remind the public that there is a place nearby that offers affordable child care.
The idea for mini golf came from Michael Nelson, board member for the learning center.
"There's a lot of golf fundraisers, in general. I think there'll be another two this summer," Nelson said. "So taking the theme of golf tournaments being a good way to raise funds, but we're a day care and we're focused on kids, so we made it a miniature golf course and made it fun for the kids."
The Woodburn Family Learning Center is funded in large part by federal grants and, according to Nelson, "kind of disappeared from the community because we were being supported by other means."
But the center wants people to know that it is there, and it is available for a reasonable price. Monserrat Pantoja has been working at the Woodburn Family Learning Facility for seven years and enjoys caring for the children before and after school and during the summer.
"I always loved working with children, and all my background is in early education. I love the families, and I like to help people," Pantoja said. "That's one of the things we do here — help people find affordable child care, and also the employees."
The center offers myriad child care services, Pantoja said.
"This is a child care facility offering child care for children ages 6 weeks old to 12 years old and we do full time, part time," Pantoja said. "We offer meals for the families. It's a low-cost child care facility. We also help the families when they have children attending schools. We provide services before school and put them on the bus, and we have received them in the afternoon when they are finishing school."
The Woodburn Family Learning Center is also looking for seasonal summer employees as well as full-time, yea-round workers. Prospective employees must pass background checks and go through the proper training. For child care rates and more information, visit https://daycarewoodburn.com/.
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