Child care center director says babies are welcome |

Child care center director says babies are welcome

by Christina Nelson

The Christ Presbyterian Church in Minden will be the only child care center in the Valley to offer infant care.

“There is nobody else who does infant care in the Valley,” said Child Care Center Director Kristen Fowler.

Providing infant care will bring many challenges such as feeding, diapering and dealing with health issues, she said. The child care center must have a licensed infant and toddler instructor.

At first there will only be four openings for infant care. Eventually the center will offer eight spots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fowler received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching reading. She taught third and fourth grade for six years before moving to the Carson Valley.

“My mission is to use my background and experience because the community really needs it,” Fowler said.

Fowler said her job is “to weave the whole thing together.”

“My job as director will really be to make this place possible,” she said. “I will be working with the kids to some extent.”

The child care center will “provide structure” by having scheduled activities such as story time and Christian teachings.

“My goals are that I want it to be a safe and healthy environment for all the kids. I want it to be socially and intellectually stimulating for the kids,” said Fowler.

As a mother, Fowler said she knows how it feels to leave a child in someone else’s care. Her daughter Sarah will attend the child care center along with lead caregiver Michelle O’Neil’s daughter.

“Our children will be products of this program,” Fowler said.

The church will host a rummage sale on July 11 to raise money for the center. A flea market and parking lot sale to raise funds for equipment for Christ Presbyterian Church’s Child Care Center will be held Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1701 Lucerne St., Minden.

People with items to sell are welcome. They should arrive at the church before 9 a.m. with a table (there will be some tables available). After the sale, proceeds go to Child Care Director Karen Fowler or any child care committee member.

Items that are welcomed can be dishes, utensils, mugs, glasses, cookbooks, soap, pictures, rugs. towels, bedding, lamps, books, radios, televisions, stereos, light fixtures, clean clothes, toys, yard tools, house and garage tools and even fresh-baked goods.

Volunteers are needed, and those who may not have items to sell are welcome to help. Call Sharon Boone at 265-6874 for information.

Fowler said donations are also welcome for the center.

For more information about the center, contact Fowler at 782-3781.

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