For many working parents, the day care dilemma can be mind-boggling.
I can clearly recall the hours my husband and I spent trying to decide who would care for our three sons when I was working away from home. I remember how difficult it was to find quality part-time care for two preschoolers and an infant. Never mind that they were all boys -- a fact that frightened away even the most experienced day care providers.
We were fortunate to eventually find a wonderful day care mom who remains a family friend to this day. But for some families, the day care search is filled with frustration and disappointment.
The opening of a new day care facility in Eldersburg will give parents another option to consider.
Grow, Learn & Play Inc. will soon be operating within the Play 'N Around facilities in the Freedom Village Shopping Center. The center will be operated by Chris Werner, owner of Play 'N Around, and Danielle Kaszynski, a day care mom.
Mrs. Kaszynski often brought her day care children to Play 'N Around for some fun and exercise. When she shared some of her day care philosophy and practices with Mr. Werner, the idea for Grow, Learn & Play began to take shape.
The day care facility's program has been structured to emphasize the education, cognitive and physical development of children. The educational component of the program offers new learning experiences through field trips, fun lessons and computer learning. Steps are being taken to have the facility's preschool program fully accredited by the state.
The physical aspects of a child's development will be addressed by the fitness center that is an integral part of Play 'N Around. An outdoor playground is in the operators' plans.
"We want our day care center to be a healthy, happy place for children," said Mrs. Kaszynski. "Grow, Learn & Play will be a place of fun, imagination and creativity."
The center will be licensed to care for children from infancy through elementary school. Personalized schedules of before and after school care, along with part-time care, are available.
Grow, Learn & Play has scheduled two open houses for interested families to visit the center and learn more about its program. The facility will be open Monday and July 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Families who plan to visit should call (410) 549-0844 to reserve their preferred night.
"Open enrollment is now going on," said Mrs. Kaszynski, "and is filling quickly."
"Interest in the day care center has been tremendous so far," said Mr. Werner.
Angie Pontier will be the facility's director. A staff of 10 is ready for work when the center opens late next month.
"We plan to hire more teachers as day care attendance grows," said Mrs. Kaszynski.
Springfield Presbyterian Church is preparing for its annual vacation Bible school program. This year's program is entitled "Awesome Adventures: God's Amazing Deeds."
Children from age 3 to those entering sixth grade are welcome to enjoy this week of stories, songs, crafts and games with a theme park setting.
The program is scheduled for August 7-11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church on Spout Hill Road in Sykesville. Registration deadline is July 30.
Registration or information: 795-6152.
In his first national competition, Michael March of the International TKD Karate Academy in Eldersburg won a bronze medal in forms and sparring at the 15th Annual Junior Olympic Tae Kwon Do Tournament at the Convention Center in Los Angeles July 6-8.
The national competition drew more than 3,000 participants.
The International TKD Karate Academy in Eldersburg sent a team of seven to the competition. The team members were Jamie Ball, Billy Brockmeyer, Jimmy Fiori, Glenn Gordon, Chris Graye, Mike March and Chris Walsh.