Child Care Center celebrates first anniversary

Sara Conklin, owner of Creative Crayon’s Child Care Center is shown opening the door of an expanded facility that is now ready to care for 42 children. STAFF PHOTO/HELEN FOSTER

Sara Conklin, owner of Creative Crayon’s Child Care Center is shown opening the door of an expanded facility that is now ready to care for 42 children. STAFF PHOTO/HELEN FOSTER

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

Creative Crayon’s Child Care Center, LLC, located in Hallstead, opened in June of 2012 to provide childcare for up to 12 children.

In the spring of 2013 the center has expanded to provide childcare for 42 children from infants to 12-year-olds.

The owner/operator Sara Conklin, a resident of Oakland Borough, has more than nine years experience working with children.

A graduate of Susquehanna Community High School, she earned an associate’s degree in education from Luzerne County Community College; a bachelor’s degree from Keystone College; a director’s credential certification; and more than 150 hours of training from Penn State Better Kid Care Programs.

According to Conklin, “our goal is to provide a warm environment that encourages children to learn and develop at his or her own pace.”

She also believes with guidance and understanding children will gain confidence of self-importance and explore their world in a safe environment. The program offered at the center includes free play, story time, music, games, educational activities and school readiness.

The center participates in the Keystone STARS program that recognizes quality child care providers who exceed state health and safety licensing requirements.

By participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program the center provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack for the children.

Conklin’s staff includes: Kimberly Nabinger who earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University and is continuing her education through Walden University; Kacie Chesnick graduated from Susquehanna Community High School and continued her education through Luzerne County Community College. Chesnick will be attending Keystone College in the fall; Diane Darrow is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and continues her education by taking classes from the University of Alaska for education.

All staff participate in a continuous program of training by attending workshops in early childhood education. Staff members have their necessary clearances and certified in pediatric first aid.