Parachute hopes day-care transition is easy as 1-2-3 |

Parachute hopes day-care transition is easy as 1-2-3

ABC’s and 123’s Daycare Inc. is taking the place of Duncan’s Funhouse, which was the only full-service daycare center in Parachute.At a board meeting earlier this month, Garfield County School District 16 replaced Duncan’s Funhouse after deciding not to renew the daycare’s lease. The district owns the Grand Valley Early Child Learning Center which is where Duncan’s Funhouse was located.The district terminated the lease after parents and ex-employees voiced concerns about how the center was run, according to a statement made by Rose Belden, director of business services for the district.ABC’s and 123’s will care for children 6 weeks old and older and will open Aug. 2. The goal of the new center is to provide a quality daycare program with long-term employees, said Rhonda Dillon, coordinator of curriculum and instruction for District No. 16.Amber Scott is the director of ABC’s and 123’s Daycare Inc., which will be in the Grand Valley Early Child Learning Center. “I feel that especially in Parachute there’s a need to address kids needs,” said Scott. “I want to provide quality, nurturing care so when the parents go to work they feel their child is safe and where they need to be.”From the minute kids walk into ABC’s and 123’s until their parents come to pick them up, they will participate in structured activities, Scott said.Scott wants children to do activities they can show to their parents, such as art projects.”This is a springboard for those kids going into kindergarten,” Scott said.Plenty of activities will be designed for older children as well, Scott said.Employees will be hired according to enrollment numbers as well as the age groups attending the center.Scott is a mother of three and has worked with kids for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood education. Scott was a head teacher at the Early Learning Center of Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she directed 30 children and eight assistant teachers.”I’m very excited to get up and running,” Scott said. “I know that I can develop a daycare program that the community can be proud of.”Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext.

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