What is Lakeshore Little Peopleís Place (LLPP)?
LLPP provides licensed, Christian, Childcare in the
lakeshore area. LLPP has been providing care since January
of 1997 and now has a corporate office and four childcare
sites which are located at Providence Christian Reformed
Harderwyk CRC, and East Saugatuck CRC and an after school
Christian School. Please see individual sites listed on
home page for services provided.
What is your
philosophy regarding childcare?
We believe that children need support in order to develop
spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, socially and
physically. We believe that our faith should shape the way
that we care for children even through daily activities such
as painting, reading and exploring. In addition, there are
activities that specifically show that our faith is evident
such as: Bible stories, prayer at meals, bible verses,
religious song and the celebration of religious holidays.
We also believe that families need support as well as
children and we work in partnership with parents and invite
parent communication and participation. Finally, we believe
that the larger community needs to play an important role in
raising children in Godís world. Our partnership with area
churches increases support systems in providing services to
the families we serve.
What is your
connection to the Holland Deaconsí Conference (HDC)?
LLPP is a ministry which is owned by the Holland Deaconsí
Conference. LLPP has its own nine member board that is
approved by the Holland Deaconsí Conference. Joint
meetings are held on a yearly basis with LLPP and the HDC.
The relationship between LLPP and the HDC is one of
partnership and support. Together we provide a childcare
ministry which provides a community model on how to gather
resources and unite them effectively to meet child care
Why are you located in church facilities?
Being located in church facilities is good stewardship. By
uniting together and using space typically left unused
during the week we are making the most of our community
resources. Joining with individual churches also provides
an additional support network for families needing more
services that LLPP can provide.
Are there any
resources for families who are financially struggling?
LLPP is committed to providing Christian quality child care
for children. As a ministry of the Holland Deaconsí
Conference, we want to provide this service to every child,
regardless of the familyís ability to pay for tuition. To
this end, we have set up scholarships to assist families for
whom LLPP care would not otherwise be affordable. LLPP also
accepts state FIA payments.
Why is LLPP
called a non-profit 501 (c)(3)?
As a non-profit organization, LLPP uses all of its income
for the purpose of operating and improving its programs. It
is an organization that was established solely to serve
children and families of the Holland lakeshore area.
Currently, tuition income covers about 90% of the operating
costs and individual and corporate donations are used to
cover the remaining 10% of expenses. The Internal Revenue
Service has given exempt status to LLPP. Despite the
obvious benefit of being exempt from most tax fees, it also
allows donors to receive a charitable Contribution deduction
on their income tax return.