Child Care Pro-vi-der (child’kâr prõ vid’er)n. chef, baker, janitor, sock and shoe finder, coat buttoner, boot fitter, bottle washer, grocery shopper, diaper changer, protector, dish washer, nose wiper, vegetable pusher, floor sweeper, waiter, story teller, playground attendant, PE teacher, activity director, driver, zoo keeper, inspector, aerobics instructor, tutor, entertainer, therapist, manager, derby instructor, performer, bookkeeper, self-esteem builder, teacher, helper, well wisher, nurse, traffic controller, noise controller, life saver, thinker, problem solver, engineer, designer, counselor, safety instructor, arbitrator, creator, inventor, companion, musician, historian, technician, dietitian, athlete, beautician, fire marshall, analyst, artist, dentist, scientist, biologist, technologist, accountant, manicurist, receptionist, environmentalist, pharmacist, hygienist, speech therapist, reader, builder, informer, composer, supervisor, author, navigator, peacemaker, friend. . .
I’ve been a working mom ever since I’ve been a mom. There are days that I knew I’d go crazy if I didn’t have a job and days when I longed to be at home with my babies. For the past 5 years, my girls have been lucky enough to be cared for by a handful of ladies that love them as their own. I normally wouldn’t say or even think something like that, but I know in my heart that it is true.
Amanda Hunt owns Bright Beginnings Learning Daycare Center where my children attend. For Vivian and Mara, this is the only place they’ve ever known for daycare. My Lila began at Amanda’s at-home daycare when she was 2 1/2 years old and Vivian at 4 months. It has been amazing to be with her for this long and watch her dream of owning a daycare center where the lives of many children will be changed.
“I began keeping children in my home after my first child was born in 2000. Leaving him was heart breaking and I love children so decided to make an income doing what I love! I continued my education and worked and after 14 years of having a group daycare home, I wanted to help more families and offer more quality childcare so I expanded and moved to our current location. Now we care for 132 children and have 16 teachers. I truly love what I do and our families.” -Amanda Hunt
Inside the daycare center there is a Christian based preschool, World Changers. My older girls have both attended World Changers and have learned much from their academic curriculum, but have also been taught an abundance of Christian knowledge. I’m so amazed at the things that Vivian comes home knowing.
I know every day when I drop my sweet sugars off that they are taken care of to the nth degree! I have no doubt in my mind that they are loved on while they are away from me and enjoy every minute of it. I know they are learning, laughing, growing, and making friends.
The Hand Holder
A Tribute to Childcare Providers
There is no job more important than yours,
no job anywhere else in the land.
Your are the keepers of the future:
you hold the smallest of hands.
Into your care you are trusted
to nurture and care for the young,
and for all of your everyday heroics,
your talents and skills go unsung.
You wipe tears from the eyes of the injured.
You rock babies brand new in your arms.
You encourage the shy and unsure child.
You make sure they are safe from all harm.
You foster the bonds of friendships,
letting no child go away mad.
You respect and you honor their emotions.
You give hugs to each child when they’re sad.
You have more impact than does a professor,
a child’s mind is molded by four;
so whatever you lay on the table
is whatever that child will explore.
Give each child the tools for adventure,
let them be artists and writers and more;
let them fly in the wind and dance on the stars
and build castles of sand on the shore.
It is true that you don’t make much money
and you don’t get a whole lot of praise,
but when one small child says, “I love you,”
you’re reminded of how this job pays.
~ By Dori Rossmann
Executive Director, Kids Town USA