What is your favorite part about being an Educator?To me, the most amazing thing is to see or hear a child applying the skills they have learned and see the excitement on their face when they accomplish a difficult task.
Do you have any special experiences parents should know about?I have worked with kids since I was 12. I started by watching neighborhood kids and took care of my very active sister and our house, so my mom could start working. I am the mother of 3 awesome adult men whom I raised mostly as a single mom, two with special needs. I took parenting seriously when challenged with special needs children, to find resources for and learn how best to teach them and raise them to embrace their individuality. I have been a foster mom and did childcare in the 80's and 90's, caring for children from newborn to 12 years of age. Throughout my life, I have taken classes and workshops teaching all aspects of children; from the picky eater and potty-training strategies to physical and mental health. I love kids of all ages. I embrace and encourage their uniqueness and do everything within my power to give them the strength and confidence to lead independent, fulfilling lives and be the best they can be. I believe all kids deserve to have a safe, loving, educational environment to learn and grow.
Anything else parents should know about you or your family?I have Celiac Disease and I am very sensitive to gluten. It is of the upmost importance for me and any children with food allergies to avoid exposure to the foods they are allergic to. It is my intent to have a Family Child Care Home that not only is gluten, but can also accommodate other food allergies. Also I live with my sweet little Chloe pup. Chloe is an 11 years old Dachshund mix who loves children, almost as much as I do. From the first day my youngest granddaughter slept at my home, Chloe has kept an eye on her. Chloe’s motto is “eating and drinking can wait, I have a child to watch over.”
What’s your school set-up like?It is my hope to be your child’s(ren’s) home away from home. From age 6 to 18 we are in a school setting. I want to provide a more home environment that catches children off guard. It excites me to encourage and watch their perseverance, imagination, and independence grow as they learn and play and start developing into the people they are meant to be.
What snacks & meals do you provide?I provide gluten free breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks using mostly whole foods. I believe in family-style dining, where the children are able to serve themselves.
I follow Larimer County health Dept. and the CDC recommendations on cleaning, sanitizing and such. I have 2 HEPA air Purifiers, a HEPA vacuum, steam hand held sanitizer and a steam floor mop. I rotate toys, equipment to allow for proper cleaning and to change things up for the children. Anything else parents should know?In 2010, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I had to completely revamp my diet and way of living. I decided to open a food allergy friendly, in home childcare program, where I could offer families an early learning environment for their children, safe from these allergens in a loving, educational setting. And I could help my community work toward meeting much needed quality, affordable childcare. My program will offer allergy friendly food and educational materials as well arts and crafts. I work with a local nutritionist to make sure I meet the children's nutritional needs and I am part of the Federal Food Program.
How do you communicate with parents?I like to tell parents about funny, positive, cute things their child says or does, so I look for these events/actions. I like to take pictures of events I think the parent(s) will like. If a “problem” arises, I prefer to tell the parent the good and ask if they are seen the issue at home, and assure them, we are working on things together we - the parent(s) and myself are the village for their child.
What do you expect from your parents in your programs?Open, honest communication and consistency are keys to the success of your child. We are the village working together for your child(ren) we should work closely to provide the best for “our” child(ren).
Do you encourage visits from parents? - COVID19I welcome parents to stop by. With notice, so I make sure I have plenty of food, come and have lunch with us. Kids love to share their day home away from home with the parents as much as they love to go to the parent’s work away from home.
Do you accept CCAP?: YES