Vet Cadets childcare is an early childhood education center located at the VRCCO Veterinary Hospital.
We provide scheduled and drop-in care for pet parents, aiming to enrich each child’s social, intellectual, and physical development. At Vet Cadets, your child’s experience is meaningful and children are provided with opportunities to practice necessary skills through play-based learning.
- Gross/Fine Motor Skills
- Sensory- touch, smell, taste and feel
- Counting/Math/Number Recognition
- Cognitive Skill Building
- Social/Emotional Awareness
- Dramatic Play
- Show & Tell on Wednesday’s
- Art on Tuesday/Thursday’s
- Music on Friday’s
- Recognizing and respecting the uniqueness and potential of all children, their families, and their cultures.
- Provide positive learning experiences appropriate to the individual developmental needs of children in care.
- We believe that it is vital to create a safe and caring environment for each child to thrive.
- Our curriculum is designed to be child centered and includes activities which foster learning opportunities in social skills, fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving, and creativity.
- Preschool classroom has a ratio of 1 teacher per 10 children
- Toddler classroom has a ratio of 1 teacher per 4 children
- The center has a capacity of 22 children
Care Hours 6:30am – 5pm
Nap Time 12:30pm – 2:30pm
$250 Registration Fee
If you are interested in registering your child in Vet Cadets Childcare, please fill out our childcare contact form or email the Childcare Director, Kelly-Anne MacDowell: kmacdowell@
The center director will reach out to confirm availability for your child within 10 days. If space is available, you will then fill out the child authorization form provided to you by the center. There is a $250 non-refundable materials fee at the time of registration. The center has a 60 day maximum spot holding fee at 100% of the monthly tuition, of which 50% is credited back once your child enrolls. If the center is at capacity, families may request to join the waitlist by emailing Kelly-anne: kmacdowell@vrcvetcom.
When your child is accepted into Vet Cadets, you will receive the Child Care Services Agreement & Child Care Enrollment/Admission policy to be filled out by the parent/guardian and returned. For further information or to start this enrollment process for your child, please click below.
$125 Daily Flat Fee
Drop-in care can be used same day for urgent and unforeseen situations, but space is not guaranteed due to limited capacity and ensuring the center is following classroom specific ratios. We offer drop-in opportunities for families whenever space is available.
The daily flat rate for drop-in care is $125. Families may drop off anytime before or after naptime (12:30pm – 2:30pm) during Vet Cadet’s operating hours from 6:30am – 5:00pm. We ask that families please do not drop off during nap time to avoid disturbances to the other children.
To reserve your child’s spot for drop-in care, families must email the center director, Kellyanne, at firstname.lastname@example.org at least a week in advance of the date planning to use drop-in care. The likelihood of having space for your child that day is greater if you plan in advance and coordinate with the center.
Families may pick up their child at any time throughout the school day, communicating the planned pick up time with staff is helpful to have the child ready for pick up. Parents will need to fill out the child authorization form prior to drop in. To request this form, please email email@example.com.
Payments for drop-in care
Upon requesting care, parents will receive an invitation to the childcare Brightwheel app where they will be prompted to log in to their child’s Brightwheel account and add a payment method. Parents/guardians will receive an invoice titled “drop-in rate” via Brightwheel upon requesting dates for care. Please submit this payment through the app before the scheduled date of care. The director will confirm payment is complete prior to the parent leaving the facility and before the child is left under Vet Cadet’s supervision.
A late payment fee of $5 per day will be added to any account not paid by the end of business day following care. Please inform the center no later than the morning of needing care regarding your child’s absence if there is an unforeseen circumstance, and you are no longer needing care.
First time drop-ins will have a half day trial period to determine and ensure that the child has a positive experience in this new environment. The trial period’s morning care is $65 from 8am-12pm and the afternoon care is $40, from 2:30 – 5pm.
Kelly-Anne has over a decade of experience in early childhood education, recently as an early childhood trauma specialist building pathways for families in need. Kelly-Anne is an advocate for teaching young minds and creating personalized experiences for each child in her care. She provides a holistic educational approach which addresses the needs of each child’s emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development. She believes that children learn best when they are engaged in experiences that are both meaningful and enjoyable.