Kids at First is a free breakfast and childcare program of First United Methodist Church in Nevada. The church doors open at 7 a.m. for school-age children on late-start Mondays. Parents walk their children into the church for check-in rather than just dropping them off. Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 8:30.
While the children are there, they can enjoy a variety of indoor activities, including books, games, puzzles, crafts, coloring, drawing, and others, all in a supervised and safe environment. If weather permits, adult volunteers take the children outside for about thirty minutes of activities in the fresh air.
Their unpaid servants are all volunteers from the local community who have completed background security checks for the safety of the children. They also have help from the high school’s Key Club, an international volunteer organization in which students volunteer their time to make the world a better place.
At 9:00 the children clean up, get their school bags, and walk as a group (with adults) to Central Elementary School. Older students may wait for the shuttle buses to the middle school or walk there if they have parental permission.
Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa have provided $1,000 of support last year for Kids at First through the North Central District. An additional $2,000 was designated for First UMC’s food pantry.