The Grace Jones Community Day Care Center operates five days per week, providing meals and educational programs for newborns to age six children, as well as an after-school program for older siblings. The Center has one site located at 230 41st Street in Marathon. Our hours of operation are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, year round.
Today, the Center is one of the finest day care centers in the entire United States serving the children of 85 working families in the Florida Keys who are the essence of our service, construction, tourism, and fishing economy. While the parents of working families in Marathon and the Middle Florida Keys must sometimes balance two and sometimes even three jobs to meet their household budgets, the Center provides what the State of Florida says is the highest level of affordable day care and elementary education, including skill-based development, meals, and a secure environment for children (including some with various disadvantages including delayed development, isolation, and neglect). What’s more, the Center routinely earns a perfect 100% yearly assessment score provided by Wesley House, the entity responsible for licensing and partially funding day care organizations in the Florida Keys.
The Center is proud to employ some of the most qualified teachers in the U.S. and we are monitored by a variety of local, state, and even federal agencies including Wesley House, the State of Florida Department of Children, the state and local Departments of Health, by USDA, and by the State of Florida Department of Education.