As a mom who worked from the time my two sons were babies, finding quality child care was the foremost issue to address. I remember when my husband and I found out we were going to have a baby; the first calls we made were to child care facilities to put our names on waiting lists. Seriously! We visited many settings before deciding on a center based child care center. I felt more comfortable knowing there were many people around all day to keep my children safe and help them thrive.
Child Care Aware of America states, “Nearly 11 million children under the age of five across the nation require child care services each week. High-quality child care not only helps parents to be more productive at work, but also provides benefits to young children, including improving school readiness.”
This was certainly true in our case. Because our sons were well cared for in a stimulating environment, my husband and I were able to focus on our work. With the help of child care staff, our boys were potty trained, ate different types of foods, functioned within a positive behavior environment, made friends with their peers of all abilities, and had the needed skills for kindergarten. I do not know what we would have done without a caring, professional staff of care providers.
There are many options for child care. The majority of children attend a center base setting. The second caregiver group consists of family members, a family child care home, and friends and neighbors. Certainly each choice depends on the individual family and the needs of the child.
At Rainbows, we give families our Top 10 Reasons why their child should attend Kids’ Point:
- Typical and special needs children welcome
- Nutritious menus
- Parent participation days
- Educational, fun and beautiful outdoor play options
- Registered nurse on staff
- Convenient hours
- Welcoming environment
- Qualified Staff
- Active learning curriculum
- “You love them like I do.” -From a Rainbows’ parent
Child care services at Kids’ Point are supported by private pay, United Way of the Plains, Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization, child care subsidies, foster care, and Kansas Children’s Initiative Funds.
If you know of someone looking for high quality child care, tell them about Rainbows’ Kids’ Point center.
Deb Voth, President