DeLisa Smith, Center Director
500 Goshen Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025
- Ph: (618) 656-0268
- Open: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F
- Fax: (618) 656-0318
- Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
We may not be the first family but it never hurts to hear it again.
When we found out we were pregnant, we took a day off of work and went to seven different centers. We knew right away we wanted a center because we didn't know anyone in the area, especially enough to trust with our baby. We walked in and out of centers. I knew exactly what I was wanting but Luke had never been in a daycare center, let alone had any idea what questions to ask. I'm pretty sure La Petite blacklisted us because of all of my "crazy" questions and there were places that we only needed to take two steps in and I wanted to call DCFS. KinderCare was our last visit of the day. We didn't call ahead of course. We just showed up because I wanted the real experience. We toured the center and spent time talking with Laura H. We left the center and as we walked to the car, Luke turned right to me and said "That's it. That's where we're going."
I cried my eyes out the first day we left Reagan and called probably every day for a week. I would show up randomly just to say "Hi" or "accidentally forgot something." I was never looked at funny and while I'm sure there was eye rolling, I never saw it and never felt unwelcome. There was a brief period of a horrible decision that I still cringe thinking about Reagan being somewhere else. KinderCare immediately welcomed her back and we said then we would never leave again. We have left two more babies, this time each of them the day they turned six weeks old. Each time we left them in Delisa's arms and I had no hesitation. We knew they would be nurtured and cared for and loved just as Reagan was. And they are. We left our six-week-old baby hooked up to a holster monitor, requiring heart medication and packed away a stethoscope in her cubby and knew that she would be okay. Your center is where Reagan has learned to read, where Corbin learned to sit still...wait, you're still working on that right? and where Fallyn is loved and given cuddles.
We have friends who say they would never leave their kids at a center; only with an in-home center. We are blessed that we can say we leave our children with family.
- Tori S.,
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