LITTLE CREEK ANNOUNCEMENT
Radcliffe Creek School announced that it will be closing its preschool, Little Creek, in August 2021 and was accepting written proposals from reputable childcare providers interested in leasing the existing childcare space. The proposal period has now ended and more information will be shared soon.
“Little Creek has been an important part of the Radcliffe Creek School landscape. It has served as a warm and welcoming learning environment for children across the eastern shore,” said Rob Ditmars, Board President. “In determining Radcliffe Creek School’s strategic goals for the next 5-10 years and beyond, our Board has made the difficult decision to discontinue operating the Little Creek program so as to focus on opportunities to advance our kindergarten through 8th grade mission. We are excited by the possibilities of a promising new collaboration to serve our community’s youngest children.”
Radcliffe Creek School, Inc. will honor all current Little Creek contracts through the contracted date of August 13, 2021. It is the Board’s hope that a new operator will commence services immediately thereafter.
Questions & answers
What are we doing?
Little Creek has been an important part of the Radcliffe Creek School landscape. It has served as a warm and welcoming learning environment for children across the eastern shore. In determining Radcliffe Creek School’s strategic goals for the next 5-10 years and beyond, our Board has made the difficult decision to discontinue operating the Little Creek program so as to focus on opportunities to advance our kindergarten through 8th grade mission. We are excited by the possibilities of a promising new collaboration to serve our community’s youngest children.
The space provides a unique opportunity for an early learning center searching for a new location. Centrally located to many areas of the Eastern Shore, the 201 Talbot Boulevard space boasts 5,370 square feet, with currently-licensed classrooms and two child-sized restrooms. Radcliffe Creek School’s Board of Trustees is actively seeking written proposals from organizations by 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2021.
Is Radcliffe Creek in financial trouble?
No. Radcliffe Creek School is financially stable. Enrollment is steady as are donations from individuals and organizations. Part of the Board’s responsibility is to look for opportunities to advance the School’s mission and to continue to offer a Radcliffe education to those children who benefit from a small, personalized, hands-on learning environment. The closure of Little Creek in its current form will help advance this goal.
What about current Little Creek families?
Radcliffe Creek will honor all Little Creek contracts through the contracted date of August 13, 2021.
What are the next steps?
The request for proposals for the lease of the current Little Creek space can be found here. Proposals should be emailed to Meg Bamford, Head of School, no later than 3 p.m. on March 20, 2021.
It is our hope that a new childcare program will occupy the current Little Creek space. A selection committee for the potential tenant will be made up of staff, parents, board members, community members, and school administration. The committee will take into consideration:
Quality and reputation via licensing history and recommendations
Priority admission for current families, siblings, and staff children
Hiring consideration of current staff
Ability to open by September 2021
Developmentally-appropriate practices as recommended by Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood
Selection decision by March with admission and registration information available in April
A decision regarding the lease of the current space will be made by April 2, 2021. This decision will be communicated to current Little Creek families and the greater community.
Where can I ask questions?
Any questions regarding the closure of Little Creek or for more information about the request for proposals should be directed to Meg Bamford, Head of School. Click here to e-mail her or call 410-778-8150.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Radcliffe Creek School, Inc. seeks proposals from qualified organizations, businesses, or entities to provide private, licensed child care services within their facility at 201 Talbot Boulevard, Chestertown, Maryland 21620.
The 5,370 square foot space includes five classrooms, an office, a foyer, a conference room, a warming kitchen, a storage closet, playground areas, onsite parking, and access to children, and an adult bathroom. Existing furniture and equipment will convey. The provider will be required to pay monthly rent at a rate of no less than $2900 inclusive of electricity costs and any additional rent as specified in the Lease Agreement. Annual rent for any renewal terms shall be increased at each anniversary by two percent (2%) over the previous year’s annual rent.
Proposals for the above site must be received by 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2021, via mail or emailed to Meg Bamford.
The successful provider will enter into an agreement with Radcliffe Creek School, Inc. to provide childcare services with the initial term of three (3) years. We look forward to your participation.