PIQUA — A new child care center is opening in Piqua, and Play Learn Grow Child Care is welcoming the community and surrounding area to an open house on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 p.m.
Play Learn Grow Child Care will be offering child care services for infants as young as six weeks old up to preschool-aged children, five or six years old.
Owner Amy Escobar said her initiative to open this child care center grew out of wanting to offer more child care spaces for the community, particularly care that was as good as the care her son Luca, now four years old, was receiving from her provider, Tracy Leonard, who also co-owns Play Learn Grow Child Care.
“It’s such an important time in a child’s life, you want them to get the best start,” Escobar said. Escobar praised Leonard’s abilities, noting her warm personality, background in nanny school, and lesson plans.
Escobar hopes to share those same elements with others at Play Learn Grow Child Care. Escobar, a Piqua native, previously worked as the director of a Little Gym — which provides activities for children to develop their gross motor skills — for 10 years.
“We’re doing small student to teacher ratios,” Escobar said. “We’re using a play-based curriculum.” Their play-based learning aims to help the children cultivate a positive self-esteem and have the opportunity for optimal growth in all areas of development, she explained. They will also provide a preschool program, as well as offer a special emphasis on building motor skills with indoor and outdoor play areas. Other activities include circle time, various play and learning stations, story time, music time, and more. The outdoor play area also includes a race track with a roundabout in addition to a small playground.
“We’re also preparing the kids for a lifetime of learning,” Escobar said.
During the open house on Sept. 29 between 2-4 p.m., they will be giving tours of the facility to families, as well as providing time for families to find out if the center would be a good fit for their children.
“We are going to serve all members of our community,” Escobar said.
The center is currently in the process of receiving their state certification, and they hope to open sometime in October. The currently have a list of interested families, and they are also accepting Title 20 families.
The center is located at 8654 N. County Road 25-A, Suite 200 in Piqua, next to Interstate-75 off of Exit 83. For more information, call Play Learn Grow Child Care at (937) 916-2016.
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