MSDWT Calendar, August - May

6:30am - 6:00pm

JELCC Child Care Center is a licensed and inspected child care facility located in the Hilltop Developmental Preschool building.  We offer child care with a developmentally appropriate play-based preschool curriculum. We also offer a nutrition program overseen by the North Central food services professionals. Children receive two nutritious snacks and a delicious hot lunch.  Children with food allergies are provided with special menus.


Our school year is designed to provide child care to teachers and staff of Washington Township Schools. (We are open on teacher workdays, for instance, when students normally are not at school.)  Although primarily founded to provide child care for MSDWT staff, we do open up enrollment to the public after Labor Day.

Our highly skilled and experienced classroom teachers also serve as mentors for high school Education Careers students who intern in our classrooms.  Teachers and interns must have an updated physical examination, background check, and TB test yearly. Teachers with us also must complete 12 hours of professional development with a variety of early childhood education organizations yearly.


If you have any questions, please see our FAQs below or contact the Director, Cathleen Triplett at 317-259-5458 x43015.

We look forward to working with your child!

General Information:

  • Available child care hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuition is $7,770.00 per year and is typically paid in 10 payments of $777 per month. 

  • Our maximum enrollment is 15 students in each of our three rooms.

  • JELCC Child Care Center is licensed through the State of Indiana, Family and Social Services Administration, Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning

We offer the following benefits:

  • Preschool Curriculum,8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, Monday - Friday

  • Nutrition program

    • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. The professionals in the nutrition staff work closely with families and teachers to ensure proper nutrition for each child.​

  • On-site Enrichment classes (available for an additional fee):


  • 3+ years old (until they attend Kindergarten)

  • Must be toilet-trained

  • Physical examination

  • Immunization Records

Helpful Links for Prospective & Current Parents:

How to Apply:

  • Contact Director, Cathleen Triplett by email or or at 317-259-5458 x43015.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $7,770.00 per year and is typically paid in 10 payments of $777 per month. (This price covers all meals and snacks as well.) Each semester, there is a $30 dollar activity fee that helps cover the cost of special programs, parties and/or field trips.

Can we send food from home?

No. If your student has food allergies, a conference with our nutrition staff will be scheduled at the beginning of the year. The professionals in the nutrition staff work closely with families and teachers to ensure proper nutrition for each child. Because of the way we are licensed, we are not allowed to accept food sent from home.

What are the teacher to student ratios?

For 3 year olds, the ratio is 1:10. For our 4 year olds and 5 year olds, the ratio is 1:12. These ratios are mandated by the state as part of our licensure requirements. We also keep in mind these strict ratios when we have mixed ages together in the gym and on the playground. Our maximum enrollment is 15 students in each of our three rooms.

What are the hours?

Our facility is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Keep in mind you may not see your child’s lead teacher at pick up or drop off. To remain within proper teacher/student ratios and meet proper employment practices, we have to work in shifts different than those of teachers of older children.

What is the best contact number?

Our kids are often on the go. We go to the gym and outside when weather permits. We nap from 11:30 to 1:30 every day and so the volume on the classroom phones is reduced. You can call the reception desk of Hilltop from 7:30 to 4:00 at (317) 259-5458 or by calling the Director, Mrs. Triplett at (317) 259-5458 x43015.

Could we have a daily update on each child?

We would love to be able to send those home too but we often fail to get them done. Our focus is on your child. Please understand that we put our utmost into planning an active and fun classroom and that all of our teachers give your children their all. We also assess your child’s development on the go and track hundreds of different standards and milestones for pre-math, pre-reading, and social and emotional learning. That leaves us with little time to document the daily activities. It may seem like all we do is play all day but we plan, implement and assess. We not only set up the learning centers but we monitor your child’s learning, health, social and emotional, and physical needs. We do send notes home if your child is not eating well or similar concerns. Our teachers typically communicate with parents on Class Dojo or via phone email or text. If there is a serious concern or emergency, we will contact you as soon as possible.

When are Parent - Teacher Conferences?

We have parent and teacher conferences in the Fall. However, if you would like a conference anytime, we would be happy to work with you to schedule a conference convenient for you.

Why are we not seeing worksheets?

We often equate worksheets with academic progress as parents. We want to see what they are doing and how they are doing. However, developmentally appropriate practice at the preschool level doesn’t always give us a tangible product. Years of education research proves that children’s brains develop best through active play. Think back to your own school years. What was the most exciting lesson you remember? Mine was probably collecting insects in Science class and cataloging each one. I also remember plays we wrote and put on to learn about history. I remember the words to so many songs, even ones to remember how to do quadratic equations. Our challenge as early childhood educators is to craft activities that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes in a way that stimulates more areas of the brain. We sing, dance, do puzzles, and play all sorts of games that teach the alphabet. Kids practice writing during free art and when we do more formal lessons. We reinforce all these things at circle time and on the playground as well in a myriad of ways.

Will my child learn to read?

Developmentally appropriate practice for preschoolers involves play-based learning. We carefully structure the learning environment with specific centers to teach and assess for hundreds of early childhood developmental milestones. We craft a positive and fun environment rich in literacy learning and numeracy. We provide the supporting structure that makes learning to read possible.

What Standards and Assessments are used to monitor student progress and development?

Educational Standards and Assessments Because J.E.L.C.C Child Care Center is a licensed and inspected facility we operate under the following requirements in order to maintain our licensure. Please see link below: https://www.daycare.com/indiana/indiana-daycare-center-licensing-requirements.html We plan lessons and our curriculum using the Indiana Early Learning Foundations. Our teachers also must pass recurrent training on these foundations (see link below) and complete 12 hours of professional development. https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/earlylearning/foundations-2015-august-12.pdf We also assess students and plan programming using the ISTARR-Kindergarten Readiness standards. We are not required to use this as a child care facility but we do because it provides such a thorough guide to kindergarten readiness in the areas of Social/Emotional, Physical, Foundational Math, Foundational Reading and Personal Care. https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/kindergarten-readiness-assessment All of our assessments are based on teacher observation and are a natural part of the day. Like our teaching, everything is play-based. Children are not subjected to stressful traditional tests. Only developmentally appropriate practice is used.









L to R: Ms. Sterling Brentz, Mrs. Paula Brentz, Mrs. Melissa Young, Mrs. Joy Carney, Mrs. Charlynn Marisett,

Mrs. Cathleen Triplett (Director) and Mrs. Jamie Lindsey.

Introducing JELCC Child Care Staff:

Cathleen Triplett - Director

Room A:

Mrs. Jamie Lindsey-  Lead Teacher

Miss Sterling Brentz- Co-Teacher/ I.A.

*Vacancy-Late Afternoon and Evening Floater- Currently Being Filled by a Long Term Substitute, Mrs. Tolu Akiwowo


Room B:

Mrs. Cathleen Triplett -Lead Teacher/Late Afternoon and Evening Floater

Mrs. Paula Brentz  -Co-Teacher/ I.A.

Mrs. Joy Carney- Co- Teacher/I.A.


Room C

Mrs. Melissa Young- Lead Teacher

Mrs. Charlynn Marisett- Co-Teacher/I.A.

Mrs. Senami Guedou- Primarily in Room C/ Late Afternoon and Evening Floater

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