Program Video (2017) Transcript
Maileigh Duong, Program Parent
It means a lot for me for Ava to be a part of Childcare Resources. For her to go somewhere every day while I’m at work, and I don’t have to worry about her, it means a lot. The two most important things about the program that I enjoy is how much everyone really cares about her. It’s kind of like a family. And then all of the staff work really with me with my schedule and, when the income guidelines change and everything. Everyone’s really welcoming and helpful.
When I pick her up, I ask her how her day was and she’ll tell me about the songs or whatever they’re learning, so I always learn what they’re learning through her. And it’s nice, when I come into the classroom, to be able to see the classroom decorated and the thing that she talked to me about, so I can conversate with her about it.
For all of the people that support Childcare Resources, I would just like them to know that every parent here, I’m sure, appreciates it more than they can imagine. The amount that we pay, compared to what you’d pay at another daycare, yet still have the exceptional teachers, staff, new playground. It means the world. I can only imagine what everyone else feels, especially parents with more than one child here.
The transition from the old school to the new school has been great. It allows the kids to have more space. I like the locked-door system, it makes me feel a little more comforting that not just anyone can walk in. It’s a beautiful facility, and I know they have more rooms available for more children. I can’t wait to see it fill up.
I was on the waitlist. I put her on right after I had her and, honestly, I was going to take two or three months anyways, so I think I had to wait a couple more weeks. At three months, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a new mom with my first child, but when I got to the classroom and saw that they were very strict with her schedule and worked on simple things like sitting up - it was a relief to me that someone was actually interacting with her and trying to help her improve.
Ava’s vocabulary is much further than some kids that she does play with that isn’t a part of this school. And she catches on to things a lot quicker than some of the other kids her age. I like to think that it has to do with the school. I ask the teachers what they’re working on, and try to implement it at home as well.
As a parent, I enjoy the classes they offer. They’re not the same, so every time you go to one it’s a little different and I think it’s pretty broad for all the parents in the school. I enjoy coming in to do the volunteer hours with the make-and-take and the crafts that they do and I occasionally even take the laundry home to wash. Washing a load of laundry or coming in for some volunteer hours is nothing compared to what I’d be paying going to another school.
I tell Ava everyday that we’re going to school. I don’t tell her we go to daycare, because I think they do a great job of teaching her. They’re just not babysitting her, she’s just not sitting there for the day. They try to increase her vocabulary. They work with her with her colors. I don’t think I’d be happy if she was sitting in a school where she wasn’t doing anything and just watching television. I like the fact that there are no televisions in the school. There’s no watching TV, that they do all interaction. I just think that it’s going to make her transition into real school smoother. She’s going to be used to following a set of rules, doing activities with the class, singing songs together,
It’s a major relief that I can take Ava to school and not have to worry about ‘I need to go get a second job to cover her schooling for her to have a great education.’ So the investment on my behalf is nothing compared to the investment of the people who donate.