Ask Imogene Armstrong what she would look for in a day care for her children and she is quick to give two honest answers.
“Safety and people who care,” said Armstrong. “Safety should be the first concern for anybody looking to leave their children with someone else, even if it’s family or friends. Second, your child needs to know the people caring for them truly care and this is not just a job for them.”
Armstrong has been running her daycare for 21 years and before that she worked in in local schools. She is proud of her record of running a safe and loving daycare that is also clean and gives children a place to stay while their parents work.
“It’s tough to be a single parent and leave your kids with someone and in this day and age we have a lot of homes where both parents work and need good, affordable child care,” said Armstrong. “Yes, we are a business, but we are also a service to this community.”
And Armstrong smiles when she talks about what children at Armstrong’s Kiddie Care get each day.
“We start the day with circle time where we have a devotional, say the pledge to the flag, sing and talk about what is going on in the world,” said Armstrong. “We give them a change to sing as a group or to sing a solo to us. “
Armstrong said structure is important to youngsters and her day care follows a pattern.
“We then have story time, where we read to them,” she added. “It’s one of my favorite times and I still try to read to them every day myself.”
This is followed by center time where students are introduced to concepts and ideas they will see in school.
“We then eat lunch, take a nap and then we play,” said Armstrong. “It think it is important for kids to play and we always try to send them home happy.”
Armstrong’s Kiddie Care has 25 children under kindergarten age. They also pick up three children from school each day.
The day care has two other full-time employees and two part-time employees.
My daughter is one of my employees and she has been with me since the beginning, said Armstrong. All of our employees have been with us a number of years.
Armstrong said her goal is simple.
We strive to do the best job we can for parents and the child, said Armstrong. I’m proud to say I think we do a pretty good job every day.
Owner: Imogene Armstrong.
Location: 104 North East Street.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Thu, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
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