Bizline: A new daycare in Dillon
Q: What type of business do you operate – what do you sell, or what service do you provide?
A: All Smiles Home Daycare is a home daycare serving infants-3year old toddlers. All Smiles is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Drop-In care may also be available.
Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County?
A: I am originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, but have been living in CO for the past 10 years. I moved with my husband to Summit County from the Front Range about a year-and-a-half ago when we began thinking about having a family. We love being able to raise our family while living our skiing and biking lifestyle. When we first moved to Summit County, I began looking for Physical Education teaching jobs. I decided to open the daycare when I learned there were no teaching positions available for me and that there was a large need for daycare in the area. I thought it was a great way to provide a service to the community while doing what I love, working with children and playing. I love working in Early Childhood Education as I am constantly entertained by children’s frankness and creativity. I love that children are always in the moment; never worrying about the past or future. I love the pureness of a child. Being around children makes me a better person.
Q: What experience do you have in this field?
A: I am a former Adapted Physical Education teacher from Jefferson County and Recreation Therapist. I was a nanny for a family for a year, caring for a 6 month old and a 3-year-old. I have begun taking classes at CMC in Early Childhood Education.
Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?
A: We have a small place, so I will be better able to ensure safety in my home as the children will always be in eyesight as well as arm’s reach. I will be able to more directly meet children’s individual needs as I will be enrolling no more that 1 other infant and 2 toddlers.
Q: Why did you choose to open where you did?
A: Working from home allows me to provide a variety of stimulating and quality activities for children as I have ultimate control of my home environment.
Q: What are your plans for your company’s future?
A: I am always brainstorming ideas. I think it would be great to eventually go on community outings using the Summit Stage. I think it would be great to provide intergenerational activities by visiting the Senior Center or having volunteers at the daycare. I would also like to contact High County Conservation Center to collaborate on environmental education activities. We have so many great resources in the community and I would like to expose the children to as many varied experiences as I can.
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