Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Our Children’s Place now offers full-time child care for children ages 12 months and up as well as after-school care.
Teacher Janet Davis’s daughter, Kristen, has joined her in the business. Our Children’s Place is located in Hood River on the corner of 13th and Taylor.
Under her mother’s supervision, Kristin will develop the toddler program. She worked as a Mother’s Helper beginning at the age of 8, cared for children as a personal nanny as well as a volunteer soccer coach and camp counselor.
Since graduating from Hood River Valley High School, Kristin has studied in the area of child development as well as psychology in pursuit of her nursing degree.
“We have created a place where children feel comfortable. They know what to expect when they arrive. Parents are hungry for quality care for their children that they can trust,” Janet said.
“The only problem children have when spending time at Our Children’s Place is that they don’t want to leave.
“I have been planning on this expansion for the past two or three years,” Teacher Janet said. “With my Kristin’s excitement to develop our toddler program I knew the time was right.”
She said the transition from a state registered facility to a state licensed childcare center was seamless.
“Many of the guidelines required were already in place and we passed the inspections with flying colors,” Davis said. With the business side of the changes in order, now is time for the fun part, she said.
“Kristin has full creative liberty to mold the new additions into a program not provided to Gorge parents at this time,” she said. “I will be overseeing the program, of course, but Kristin has ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of. All I can say is parents will be very happy and a little spoiled.”
“I am ready to get the program rolling and see the reaction of parents in our community,” Kristin said. “I have a feeling they are going to love it.”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge