Who is Miss Mona?
Miss Mona Nafziger, a teacher for a number of years in Hopedale, left a cash bequest to Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC). Miss Mona’s is named in her honor!
Miss Mona lived across the street from the Complex until she moved into the nursing home. Thousands of her former students remember her lessons and her warm smile. She is an inspiration to us all!
“Children First!” is our philosophy. We utilize a family approach, incorporating numerous activities that nurture children mentally, physically, and emotionally.
We believe creativity is essential in a child's play and Miss Mona's takes this philosophy very seriously. We offer many outlets for inspiration and creativity understanding that these foundational skills are used in learning to solve problems once they reach adulthood.
General Child Care Information:
Beautiful new expanded facility
New large playground equipment
Service those ages 6 weeks to 6 years
Full-time and part-time enrollment
Licensed through the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services
All staff CPR and First-Aid certified
Infant formula, cereal, and jar food provided
Professional, experienced staff providing a loving, safe environment
Indoor playroom for the development of large and small motor skills
Small center offering more personal and individualized care
Parents welcome anytime
Participates in DHS Subsidy program
What Our Parents are Saying:
“Miss Mona’s and their staff have been a wonderful blessing to this working mother. The peace of mind that I have each day knowing that my children are well taken care of and so close in proximity to my work is priceless. The level of communication and accommodation to the individual child’s needs is unmatched. I wouldn’t have my children in daycare anywhere else!!” – Emily
“The staff at Miss Mona’s is WONDERFUL! My child has attended from age 4 months (he’s now 3) and he loves going to daycare. All of his teachers are just like family. They have shared smiles and tears, triumphs and fears. Due to the phenomenal communication between the staff and parents, I never feel like I miss out on any aspect of my child’s development. Miss Mona’s provides age appropriate and developmentally stimulating activities in structured classrooms. As a working mom, I am SO blessed that I have such kind, caring and motivated early childhood educators to care for my child.” – Kelly
If you are interested in childcare services, contact Miss Mona’s Director at 309.449.4933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. Want more information? Read our Frequently Asked Questions below.
Miss Mona's FAQs
What is the teacher/child ratio?
Infants: 4 children to 1 teacher
Toddlers: 5 children to 1 teacher
2 Year Olds: 8 children to 1 teacher
3 & 4 Year Olds: 10 children to 1 teacher
How is discipline handled?
When above the age of 2 years, time out is utilized based on child's age.
Are you accredited? If so, by who?
Not at this time, but we are working towards being rated on the Quality Rating Scale.
What are your hours of operation?
Monday-Friday from 5:30am until 5:30pm
What do I do if I’m late to pick up my child?
We would appreciate a phone call informing us of what is happening. Please note that every 10 minutes after closing is an extra charge of $10.00
How do I know about closings?
Closings are listed through your local television channels (WEEK-TV, WHOI-TV, & WMBD-TV). We will also try to have the closing on our website.
What ages of children do you take?
6 weeks to 6 years
What sort of activities do the children participate in?
We have schedules for each classroom. All classrooms have circle-time, curriculum time, center time, and large motor time. Our three and four year old’s classes also participate in P.E. and cooking classes.
Do you go on field trips? If so, give examples.
Yes, absolutely! Examples of places that we go are: Raider's Pumpkin Farm, Peoria Civic Center for a Christmas musical, Hult Education Center, zoo, various parks, and the Children's Museum.
Are children evaluated?
Yes, children are evaluated from 6 weeks to 6 years.
What about preschool?
Preschool is offered through Christian Life Academy (CLA). However, we have an excellent pre-K program for our 3 & 4 year olds.
What type of meals do the children have? Does it cost extra?
Children are provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks which are all prepared by our HMC kitchen at no extra cost.
Does the state regulate this facility?
Yes, we are licensed through DCFS for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Our facility capacity is 49 children.
What type of security do you have in place?
Our facility uses keyless badge entry. Each parent is given a name badge to access the facility. Additionally, we also have surveillance cameras throughout the facility.
Can I come for a visit?
We encourage our parents to visit anytime their child is in attendance.
Can I stop by at any time once my child is in your care?
Yes, you are more than welcome to stop by anytime your child is in our care.
How regularly do I get communication from my child’s caregiver?
You may communicate with your child’s teacher when dropping off or picking up your child. If time does not allow you to do so, each classroom has its own telephone. The teachers welcome your calls. If emails work better, please feel free to email us, and we will make sure that your questions are answered by the appropriate teacher.
Can children bring personal items from home?
We encourage you to bring items like blankets and additional clothing from your home. For special toys, we suggest saving those for Show-N-Tell Day.
What happens if my child becomes sick at Miss Mona’s?
If your child is running a 101 degree or higher temperature, we will immediately contact the parent(s). The child will be removed from the classroom for their well-being and be placed in our sick by where the Director will care for the child until the parents can pick them up. In these types of situations, we try to limit the exposure to the other children.
Do my children have to be immunized?
No, but documentation must be provided as to why (religious beliefs and so on).
How am I alerted of problems like a lice outbreak or other children with contagious diseases?
A letter will be sent home to the children’s parents of the classroom that has the outbreak.
Do you supply diapers?
No, Miss Mona's does not supply diapers.
Can you administer medicine?
Yes, medicine can be administered once a medication log is completed and signed. This log states important information about the medicine being given like the amount, times to be given, type of medication, and the permission signature.