We are a Colorado state licensed family child care home rated with the Colorado Shines Program.
Why be a "Licensed" Child Care Home?
Because I don't believe there are any short cuts when it comes to caring for children the right way. Doing Child Care right and being licensed are important to me. I attend over 15 hours of continuing education throughout each year to stay informed and up to date on the best child development practices. I have over 160 hours of training in child care and child development. I am CPR and first aid certified.
What does a Licensed Family Child Care Home Offer?
*A Licensed & Insured Care Home
*Provider & Every Adult in the Home is background checked
*CPR & First Aid Certified
*Child development training
*Safe / Clean Environment
*Structured routines including outdoor time, literacy activities, and quiet time are all required in a licensed homes schedule.
*Meals following Regulation guidelines to ensure healthy nutrition
*See our page about Why a Licensed Child Care Home is Different? for more details about what a licensed child care home does to ensure the health, protection, and safety of each child in care.
I am a happy, personable, reliable, professional child care provider. I truly enjoy my work and love spending time with my child care kiddo's. I began doing in home child care in 2009; as a stay at home mom at the time I was asked by one friend to care for her child and then I was asked by another friend to care for his child.
I provide low provider to child ratios. I usually do not care for more than 5 children at one time.
I pride myself on my ability to customize my program to the specific needs of each child I care for; I do not believe one size fits all. I feel I am more able to do this because I keep our child to provider ratio small.
We are Playing! We are Learning! We go to the park, library storytimes, and out for lunch/picnics.
Why is this important?
Because this breaks up the daily monotany that can come from day after day spent at home, and it helps to provide the exciting learning opportunites needed by this age group.
Our curriculum includes:
*Arts & Crafts
*Trips to the park
*Lunch / Picnic Outings
I work to provide a loving, nurturing, clean, safe environment for children. One where they can thrive, nurture their natural strengths, build positive self-esteem and relationships, and have lots of fun learning about the world around them.
A Hundred Years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove.....but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. -Forest E. Witcraft
This chain of events ultimately resulted in our decision to become a licensed family child care home. Through this I have been able to enrich my child's and others childhood experience and I have continued to do so as my daughter went off to grade school. I like to spend free time with family and friends. My husband Floyd and I have been married for 21 memorable years. I am a mother to a beautiful daughter. I love living in Colorado, the perfect place enjoy the scenery while camping or fishing. I want you to know that working with children is my passion. I have always enjoyed working with children, and in many ways I am still a child at heart. I believe small wonders bring great joy. I know I am blessed to keep company with the beautiful little visitors who have become an extended part of my family and life. Providing child care offers many rewards. My days are filled with smiles, laughter, and joy. I feel fortunate to be able to have a positive impact in the life of the children in my care.
Our family child care program is incorporated into our family home as opposed to being set up in a dedicated center area (ex: a room/center area, usually a finished basement, in a family home used only for daycare).
Why Not have a separate area for Child Care?
Because our families goal is that children feel that they are part of our family and feel that our home is a home away from home. We want every child to feel as though they are family and at home when they are in our house. We want each child to understand they are loved, that God loves them, and that we should be kind to one another. We want each child to know that they are one of a kind, like no one else, and have value not because of what they do but because of who they are.
Why is having one child care provider better that having many?
Because we believe a child's primary question each day should be "what can I learn today?" not "who is going to take care of me today?". When children don't have to worry about this second question, they can better focus on the first! I understand the developmental importance of allowing children to have opportunities to form attachments and positive relationships with other children and their child care providers. Being a in home provider allows me to do this even better. In a stable Family Child Care Home environment a child care get a continuity of care that is hard to find in center care where child and staff turnover can be high.