K C’s 24 Hour Child Care Cen­ter

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Kathy Cain was un­sure if she should open a child care cen­ter. It had been sug­gested to her many times over the years, but she was skep­ti­cal. When she men­tioned the idea to a friend, a fel­low en­tre­pre­neur, he re­sponded by find­ing her a build­ing she could lease. But she was still hes­i­tant.

“Ev­ery­body thought that just be­cause I didn’t have chil­dren, I should open up a child care busi­ness,” said Cain. “… I couldn’t make a de­ci­sion, so I flipped a quar­ter — heads, I would, and tails, I wouldn’t. It came up heads.”

The coin flip led her to open KC’s 24 hour Child Care Cen­ter. The fa­cil­ity was orig­i­nally lo­cated in a small build­ing be­hind Mamie’s Kitchen on U.S. High­way 278. Over 27 years, the day­care dou­bled in size and moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at 5119 U.S. High­way 278.

The day­care pro­vides 24-hour child care ser­vices on Mon­days through Fri­days, in­clud­ing cur­ricu­lum-based class­rooms and an af­ter­school pro­gram. The cen­ter first started its 24hour ser­vice seven days a week, but due to the strug­gling econ­omy, it had to be re­duced to five days a week. They also of­fer a 10-week sum­mer camp, which is open for reg­is­tra­tion.

This year’s sum­mer camp is based on a cur­ricu­lum em­pha­siz­ing char­ac­ter-build­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor Su­san De­Bose, ac­tiv­i­ties ad­here to the theme and in­clude trips to an­i­mal res­cue sites and nurs­ing homes. Stu­dents also col­lect food con­tri­bu­tions from fam­ily friends and rel­a­tives to do­nate to food pantries.

“These ac­tiv­i­ties were de­signed to help char­ac­ter-build­ing in chil­dren,” said De­Bose. “It helps teach things like the dif­fer­ences be­tween right and wrong … and to pro­vide a help­ing hand.”

Staff must have at least a GED or high school di­ploma and CPR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The cen­ter is cur­rently staffed with 11 em­ploy­ees, with many of the em­ploy­ees un­der­go­ing Child De­vel­op­ment As­so­ciate cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. De­Bose says the fa­cil­ity will soon re­quire all staff mem­bers to be CDA cer­ti­fied, in ac­cor­dance with the up­com­ing state law re­quire­ment for all child care em­ploy­ees.

This fall, the cen­ter plans to launch a pri­vate-funded pre-kinder- garten pro­gram. While the pro­gram is still a work progress, De­Bose has seen a grow­ing de­mand of par­ents look­ing for pre-K op­tions.

“We want to pro­vide par­ents the op­por­tu­nity of a qual­ity pro­gram with a cer­ti­fied teacher, even though it won’t be funded by the state, but by the par­ents,” said De­Bose.

A.J. Archer/The Cov­ing­ton News

The stu­dents at the child care cen­ter stand un­der a banner that reads: “If you want your child’s feet to stay on the ground, put re­spon­si­bil­ity on their shoul­ders.”

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