After reading letters regarding day care I feel I must open peoples’ eyes to what we do not see or what goes unnoticed.
I agree that rules must be in place but do we ever, as a community, thank or appreciate these caregivers?
Our children are lucky to have the amazing start in life by being able to come into a family’s home and be treated as one of their own so that we can go and work knowing our children are well taken care of.
What I see is these caregivers opening up their homes so that we can work. I see these caregivers up at the wee hours of the morning holding sleepy children and feeding them breakfast.
I see these caregivers working hard for years with no thanks from our community – no awards given, no special funding from our community or parents, no tips or gifts. I see them giving up their weekends, time, energy and funds to put on special events for kids.
I see teenagers hugging caregivers years later, remembering the fun times they had at their house as a child. I see these teenagers turning out to be awesome adults because of what was done for them in day cares.
It’s time we thank these day cares that open up their homes for our children so they can be loved, educated and cared for. This day care that was shut down after 20 years, was she ever recognized by our community for all that she has done for us?
What about the ones that are still in operation now?
I’m sure they will carry on dressing up and planning special activities for our kids and their thanks will be the hugs and smiles they get from the kids. Shame on us as a community of thankless people!
Kim Pankoff, Grand Forks