2010-08-26 / Local & State

Licensed Daycare Opens In Hustontown

Kathy Baker offering part- and fulltime services
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Kathy Baker Kathy Baker With her 5-year-old daughter Kayla having started kindergarten Wednesday, Kathy Baker’s full attention is focused on offering the same type of quality childcare to other area children that she gave to her daughter over the years.

Baker, 36, launched her stay-at-home business endeavor in July after completing a series of classes and forms required in order to become a state-licensed daycare. In addition to first aid and CPR, which was not mandated but a personal requirement of Baker’s, she also completed an orientation class and necessary background clearances to get her daycare under way.

“I used to travel with my husband during the summer months, but I wanted to go back to work once Kayla started to school. I decided I wanted a home business because I didn’t want someone else helping Kayla with her homework and getting her off the bus, so I looked into the possibility of setting up daycare with my accountant,” Baker told the “News.”

As the only state-certified daycare in northern Fulton County, Baker stated she will accept children between newborn and age 13 on either a full-time or parttime basis. Always flexible, scheduling can also be worked out to accommodate individuals who have several hour appointments or activities that would pull them away from home for a day.

Baker went on to note that her hours of operation are pretty flexible, but she prefers not to work around second shift due to her involvement with the Fulton County Cowboys cheerleading squad for girls ages 5 to 7.

A variety of outdoor activities will be offered to children staying at Baker’s 247 Huston Hill Road, Hustontown, residence ranging from walks and swimming lessons to field trips and outings depending on the number and ages of children on hand. In following along with offering various physical activities, Baker is considering obtaining special grant funding to help purchase items such as additional playground equipment. Nutritional guidelines and planning are also important and assistance is being received to help plan healthy menus for breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Any individuals needing additional information regarding the Hustontown-based daycare center is asked to contact Kathy Baker at 717-860-6939.

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