Grand Valley Child Care originally opened its doors in August of 2006. Starting as a small, infant and toddler child care center, Grand Valley Child Care serves young infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 18 months in a beautiful family home. One of Roberta’s Nicolosi, Director of Grand Valley Child Care, favorite memories is taking the “BYE BYE Buggy” six-seater on walks around downtown Grand Junction. Since 2012, Grand Valley has been in their current location, a 5,000-sq. ft. center, which has allowed them to serve more children of all ages. As of today, Grand Valley currently serves 85 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years in Mesa County. Partnering with the community is at the core of Grand Valley’s work, emphasizing the importance of having everyone be a part of a child’s life. Monthly, the children of Grand Valley visit their local senior living centers to help build multi-generational relationships. On holidays, the children will even perform songs for the residents. On Independence Day, Grand Valley children even wrote letters to our troops. In addition, the children recently visited the fire station and invited members from the police station to visit their center. The officers let the children explore the police car and also discussed the importance of safety.
At Grand Valley, exposing the children to different career options is also important. Grand Valley has had veterinarians, nurses, pilots, dental hygienists, forest rangers, police officers, construction works, and many more occupations visit their center to teach the children about their careers and answer their questions.
Running a quality child care center isn’t always easy, but Grand Valley has worked hard to meet and exceed high quality child care expectations by having low classroom ratios, exceptional qualified teachers, a safe learning environment where children can grow, structured but flexible learning that is individualized for each child, meeting kindergarten readiness goals, and a safe outdoor play area.
Roberta and her team know that one of the main keys to a successful child care is communication. Communicating with the children, parents, families, and teachers builds relationships and is the best tool to provide quality child care. For example, when a child is enrolled in their program, families are asked to spend at least 30 minutes with Roberta and her team. This gives the Grand Valley Child Care team the opportunity to not only meet the family face-to-face but to make sure they can personalize their care and education of their child. Some questions asked when infants are enrolled are “How do you hold the baby when they receive a bottle?” and “How do you burp the baby?” In addition, the family is asked to demonstrate these practices. This allows Roberta and her team to be able to provide similar care to make the transition into Grand Valley Child Care as smooth as possible.
Thank you to Grand Valley Child Care for providing high quality child care to the Grand Junction area for more than years. Early Learning Ventures is proud to be your partner and to award you with Child Care Provider for June!