Mari's Place Nature Based Child Care

Mari's Place

Imagine you are a single parent raising an adorable 4 year old boy. You have a decent job and make $2 above minimum wage, so after taxes you bring home about $1,500/month. You’ve managed to get a good deal on a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment for $800/month, and you are close to a bus line, so you don’t need a car. Let’s say you spend $150/month on utilities and $350/month for groceries. Are you making ends meet?

Nope, not even close. All of the above depends on you having a place for your son to go while you’re at work. You have $200 left each month and the average cost of childcare in Linn County is about $660/month. In Benton County, it’s $1,000/month – in fact, it’s cheaper to send your kid to OSU than to preschool in our area. For many people in Linn and Benton counties, the cost of childcare is a hidden budget-buster.

Mari’s Place is a state-certified childcare center providing structure and fun while offering professional and safe child care. Mari’s Place supports both parents and children by offering a stable, predictable, nurturing environment with a variety of age-appropriate activities. Class curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs of homeless or highly transient families and to assist families in their journey toward stability and the creation of a healthy family system.

  • Serves children six weeks through four years old
  • Open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm
  • Serves low income/homeless families
  • TANF, ERDC, Child Welfare clients within the target population
  • Private pay accepted if space available

For more information contact Bonnie Stutzman at 541.758.3000.

Mari’s Place Volunteers
Volunteers and interns play a key role in our ability to serve others in our community. Without them, we would not be where we are today and our capacity to serve would be nowhere near as great.

We are always looking for more volunteers, and thank you for taking the time to fill out an application. Visit the volunteer application page.


Cost of toddler care vs OSU tuition
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