I am a Childcare Provider of 24 years. Hard to believe? Well, I
started at age 16 working as an assistant in a Childcare program at a church in Port Angeles, WA. There, I was trained how to prepare healthy snacks and lunches. How to organize games and art projects.
After I graduated from xx High School in 1988, I went to Seattle Bible College where I acquired a job at the church daycare. I was the assistant for the infants, 2 year old and 5 year old classes during that year.
After I completed one year of college, I moved in with my grandparents and started working at a childcare center. From Burien, I would ride the Metro bus to downtown Seattle(5 days a week). From downtown I would take another bus to Queen Anne Hill. I worked there for 2 years. I was the pre-walkers teacher for 1 years. For about 6 months, I was the infant teacher. It was during these two years I learned so much about child development and age appropriate activities that encouraged developmental growth. I was married the 2nd year of working at this daycare.
I took a break for a few years but found my experience handy when my husband and I had our first child. We lived in Okanagan, WA where work was scarce. (1993 to 1998) So, I opened up my first in-home daycare. It was named, after our daughter Amy of course (she was two at the time). It was a great success! My husband joined me after a year (since it was hard for him to find work) where we took care of 12 children in a 2 bedroom house. It still amazes me how we did that! But it was a lot of fun and great experience for my husband to care for little ones. I loved it! It was here we had our second daughter, Brooke.
After a few years of doing childcare, we decided to move back to the Seattle area. We found a 4 br, 2 bath home in Bothell, WA that we rented. We opened our 2nd in-home daycare. (1998-2003) My husband didn't work with me anymore, but it was the bestest of times! We had our childcare business for 5 years in this home. I hired my cousin, to work with me. We cared for 12 children. We transported kids to and from school. It was so much fun. Our son, Joshua, was born during this time. We were sad when this came to an end. But my husband, Brian, and I found a newer home, only four blocks away, in the Kenmore area. It was our first home we ever owned! There I continued my childcare business. (2003-now) We are still in this home. It has been seven years now. Working with kids has been a highlight of my life. That is a little about me.