Hi, My name is Kim. Since opening my Family Home I childcare in 1990, I have been so lucky to be able to wake up every day and do something I absolutely love. I strive for a professional atmosphere in a home setting and to make each day something special for the children. I love seeing their smiles first thing in the morning and am honored to have been a part of so many wonderful families lives throughout the years. I have four grown children of my own, with the youngest a senior at UNO. My two oldest daughters have blessed me with three grandchildren. I taught Sunday school for over six years, was a Girl Scout leader for over seven years, and have acquired annual education in the field of Early Childhood Education for over thirty years.
Children grow very quickly and grow away…. I am committed to providing the children in my care with a safe, loving, stimulating, secure, and happy environment. I believe in encouraging healthy habits and providing an atmosphere where children can safely explore, learn and play. I believe children should be given every opportunity to develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. I will spend quality time with each of them and show them love and security and build self-esteem and confidence. I am dedicated to the best possible care of your child.
I have been licensed by the State of Nebraska since September 1993. I am First Aid and CPR certified, updated as required. I serve nutritionally balanced meals. I have completed the Boys Town Parenting Program, which has inspired wonderful ways of positive reinforcement and redirecting as forms of teaching good behavior and building healthy self-esteem in children. I attend the renowned Applebaum Training Seminars, the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children conferences, Early Childhood Professional Workshops, Early Learning Guideline Training in all seven domains, and update my training yearly. I was named Provider of the Year in 2013 for my participation in updating the Childcare Licensing Regulations.
Early Learning Program
Every day is an opportunity to learn through play and repetition. I include values in everyday activities to teach sharing, caring, manners, honesty, and respect. I encourage emotional growth through puppets, show and tell and dress up time. We focus weekly on specific activities directed toward colors, numbers/counting, and include music with dancing, instrument play, and singing. We explore the language arts with the alphabet and word games, and we sometimes have guest readers for our favorite “Story Times”. We explore around us with science activities outdoors with nature ‘Treasure Hunts’ and indoors with ‘Home Made Goop’. I incorporate Play Centers to educate about community and family. Cooking, measuring, stirring, and sharing are some of our favorite activities and we practice cleanliness and healthy eating habits. We practice Fire Drills and Tornado Drills and I read to the children daily.
I use Get Ready for School Preschool Program, which introduces Language, Literacy, Music, and Math is such a wonderfully entertaining, effective way to take advantage of learning opportunities even for the very young. I am always looking for unique ways to inspire me and find fresh ideas to share with the kids.
Crafts are my favorite and such a great way to build small motor skills. I like exploring new craft ideas for the Holidays and have many favorites that I use. I enjoy the Montessori ideas of allowing the children to inspire me in planning and choosing activities to promote ownership, community, and growth.
I balance Large and Small Motor skill activities with the small group learning environment and a large fenced backyard with playground equipment, a racetrack for trikes and scooters, sports, water-play, a sandbox, and a Hand-Made Playhouse.