| 1 min read | by Doug Marrin |
KinderCare Early Childhood Development at 7220 Dexter Ann Arbor Road cut their ribbon July 2nd officially announcing they are open for business.
“Our first group of kiddos actually started with us on Monday, June 24,” said Center Director Senetra McClain taking a few minutes of her time to show me around. “The center currently has a capacity for 153 children. We have 92 already enrolled.”
KinderCare packs a punch in early childhood development by bringing to Dexter over a century of experience and has about 1,500 centers worldwide.
“We provide care for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years,” says McClain. “We provide care to infants, toddlers, early preschoolers, preschoolers, Kindergarten prep, before and after school care as well as summer camp for school agers. In all of this we work to intentionally provide them with their early life foundations for kindergarten and beyond.”
McClain herself has risen quickly through the ranks of leadership with KinderCare rising to the position of Center Director after being an Assistant Director. She originally started her career as a social worker but the demands of family prompted her to look for another avenue to ply her passion, skills and leadership. She went back to school and added early childhood education to her degree in social work.
She brings that same drive and determination to her work in opening the new center in Dexter.
“Dexter is an up and coming city and the demand for childcare is high,” she says. “There are a few existing childhood centers already here, but the demand calls for more.”
“All of our teachers are trained,” she adds. “All of our teachers have experience in early childhood education. Our first priority is to ensure our staff has the fundamentals to provide exceptional care. We will even pay for their schooling to get the education they need to provide that care.”
KinderCare’s mission is to create an environment that encourages kids to learn and grow. While crawling, walking, rolling, or hopping, building with blocks, swinging outdoors or any other of the activities they experience, McClain is clear that the center’s aim is to encourage kids as their skills grow and in encouraging them, positive development occurs.
For more information on KinderCare, visit https://www.kindercare.com/