• Welcome to the Early Childhood Educational Program

    MCS Early Childhood Educational Program has two Preschool Centers: Mars Hill and Marshall.
    Both centers serve children from Birth to Kindergarten.

    The goal of the Madison County Early Childhood Education Program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment which promotes the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development of young children while responding to the needs of families. The staff obviously plays a vital role in the experiences of each child while attending the program.
    Our teachers meet the requirements set by the State of North Carolina for qualifications and annual training. Teachers are required to take additional hours of training each year. All teachers are required to obtain the NC Child Care Credential, certification in CPR and First Aid.

    The centers operate 52 weeks of the year. Open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Closed Legal Holidays, emergencies and one staff development day each year.
    The Centers participate in the Child Care Food Program sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. We serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack to all children at no additional charge to the parents. Formula is offered by the center if the parents choose to use it. Baby food and cereal are furnished to our infants by the center until each child is ready for table food.
    “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color,national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department". (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You can also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)-690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
    Our centers are eager to accept most forms of financial assistance available to parents. We participate in the Department of Social Services Child Subsidy Program and The Smart Start scholarship fund.