Welcome to the Chapel of the Cross Parents’ Day Out
PDO values our children. Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift from God.” That verse is our daily guide.
PDO values parents’ peace of mind, and we honor that by providing a loving and safe environment where they can leave their children
PDO values our staff by ensuring them work that brings them purpose and joy.
PDO values the Church by reinforcing biblical principles in our daily work.
Director: Gail Mateer
Assistant Director: Jarrah Horne
Address: 674 Mannsdale Road, Madison, MS 39110
Email address: PDO.COTC@gmail.com
The Chapel of the Cross Parents’ Day Out is designed to be a safe place where parents can leave their children, and allow them to learn through play and age appropriate activities. Parents’ Day Out provides parents with flexibility to choose to enroll their child from one to four days per week. PDO is a ministry of The Chapel of the Cross and is licensed by the Mississippi State Department of Health. PDO is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.
Curriculum/Program of Activities
PDO is designed to promote intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of children ages 6 months through 3 years old. This is accomplished by teacher directed activities, free play, music, art and hands on experiences.
We us a thematic based unit curriculum, for example holidays, seasons, animals, etc. Academic concepts related to the alphabet and numbers are presented thorough activities, stories, art and individualized opportunities.
Scheduled enrichment programs include:
Monday – Stretch N Grow
Monday/Wednesday – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (3 year old class)
Tuesday – Music by Aardvarks
Each month parents will receive a calendar that will assist them in knowing our units, special occasions, closings or other information for the month.
A non-refundable registration fee is payable at time of registration. Registration fees are as follows: Fall – $100; Summer – $80; Summer and Fall – $150
Annual Supply fee: $50
Monthly tuition is:
$80 for a child attending one day a week
$160 for a child attending two days a week
$230 for a child attending three days a week
$310 for a child attending four days a week.
Early Bird is $7 per day used.
Lunch Bunch is $12 per day used.
Drop-in is $30 per day (by reservation only).
PDO hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 8:00-2:00.
Regular School hours: 8:45-12.00.
Early Bird option is available from 8:15-8:45am.
Lunch Bunch option is available from 12:00-2:00pm.
Parents’ Day Out accepts children regardless of race or religion. It is our goal class rosters are made according to birth dates before or after September 1, the same guidelines used in public and private schools for kindergarten placement.
- Completed and signed enrollment form, parental authorization, and parent agreement
- Paid non-refundable registration fee
- Current immunization Form 121
For information on enrollment, email us at PDO.COTC@gmail.com or call us at 601.842.8001.
For the safety of all children, please DO NOT SEND ANY PEANUT ITEMS. Examples include: PB&J sandwiches, peanut butter crackers, any candy with peanuts, etc. If other allergies arise, we will inform parents to avoid specific items.
What our parents have to say about PDO:
“I love everyone at Chapel of the Cross! My son gets so excited when I get him out of the car because he knows he’s about the spend a few hours with his friends and his adorable teachers! His teachers take the best care of him so I never have to worry about him from the time I drop him off until the time I pick him up. I also love that there is a daily report sent home every single day. It is incredibly helpful and fun to see what they enjoyed doing that day!” – Laurel Donahoo, Yellow Room Mom
“Chapel of the Cross Parents’ Day Out has been such a blessing for us. Not only do they provide a safe environment for learning early social skills, but they also provide engaging activities that encourage thinking and exploration. They make some pretty cute crafts to hang around my house too! The entire staff is so kind and caring as if each child is their own. I cannot imagine taking my baby girl anywhere else.” – Amanda Raborn, Yellow Room Mom
“We enrolled in PDO at Chapel of the Cross for convenience – we had no idea we were going to become part of a community. The staff there really partners with us in helping my children grow. Not only have my boys made friends, but I’ve made “mom” friends. I am so glad Chapel of the Cross was the “convenient” choice. – Mary Helen Abel, Blue Room Mom
“Collum started just before he turned 2 years old and has loved it from day 1. His teachers always have fun activities planned and the curriculum is a perfect mix of active learning and playtime. He is gaining valuable social skills as well as having fun! We love COTC PDO! – Megan Washington, Blue Room Mom
“Chapel of the Cross PDO is one of our greatest blessings! The staff are all wonderful and welcoming to my son each day. It’s a comfort to know I’m leaving him in the hands of others who love him as their own.” – Lauren Wicker, Red Room Mom
“We love Chapel of the Cross PDO! My twin girls have been going since they were 2 years old and they are now 3. The staff is so loving, caring and nurturing. I highly recommend this wonderful program to all parents in the Madison area.” – Rebecca Haas, Former Green Room Mom
“My 3 year old loved COTC PDO! He learned to love others, sit and complete a craft and most of all, learned about Jesus’ love for him! He flourished in the small, close knit classroom setting and as a mom, I knew he was loved on and taken care of. We both made sweet friends and lots of memories!” – Anne Jernigan, Former Green Room Mom