July 28, 2016

A note from Jen Freed, Owner, Lil Peaches Home Childcare

Finding the perfect peach is tough.

To tell you a little bit about my family and myself…I’ve been married 16 years and have four children. Two older girls, 22 and 19, and after 14 years of waiting, we had another child, DJ, who is 2 years old. We also adopted our three-year-old nephew, Bray in 2012. I chose to do childcare because of my love for children, not just because I wanted to stay home with my own children. That was an added bonus. I have been a C.N.A for 18 years and felt I wasn’t going anywhere, so I decided it was time for a change of venue. Along came my idea of starting Lil Peaches Home Childcare. I believe in running a controlled and safe, but friendly environment. I am very proud of the fact that children love coming to our house and complain when it’s time to go home, even when they’ve been here the entire day.

Our program IS a family childcare. We are currently the only licensed home childcare center nestled in our small fruit and wine town of Palisade, CO. Children are made to feel welcomed and are treated like family. We partnered the next five years with Early Learning Ventures on a program made possible by the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant. The services they offer are very instrumental in the growth of our program. Our partnership with them has been VERY crucial in the development of our program. Being brand new to childcare myself, I need all the positive reinforcement and guidance I can get!! Many parents who come from bad experiences are amazed at how quickly they notice the wonderful changes in their children after they start here. I have accomplished this with the help from this partnership.

Having great staff at ELV – including a ‘go to’ person like Lora, a family support specialist like Crystal, all the technology support from Danielle, the platform, the free classes, the computers, and last but not least, the extra financial support, has truly made Lil Peaches Home Childcare what it is today. I feel more than blessed to say we offer curriculum provided by the Early Head Start program and that we offer family support and resources. Parents are very impressed with my Parent handbook that I utilized off of the ELV Resource Platform, and how professional our computer kiosk is. Not to mention, all the brand new equipment we have received: cribs, tables and chairs, manipulatives, rugs, the list just goes on and on.

I can truly say that in a period of 6 months, I feel that I have already gained professionalism, teaching strategies, and an amazing start to my business. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead!

A perfect peach is hard to find. It takes time to sweeten. Time to grow. Love and Sunshine.

Thank You ELV for helping us grow!!

Love,

Lil Peaches Home Childcare