The need for quality child care is very important nationwide, but especially here in North Carolina, where we have one of the nation's highest rates of working mothers with young children.
More than 200,000 N.C. kids spend part or all of their day in some sort of child care. Parents around the state face the grueling and often difficult decision of where to leave their most treasured possessions.
There are a number of different facilities in this area, and now a new one just opened last month.
Humpty Dumpty Academy offers a variety of programs and services for parents who are looking for quality child care.
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Tiffany Gary, owner and director of Humpty Dumpty I, II and now III, explained how the new facility came about.
"My husband and I are from Greenville, S.C., and I am a graduate of S.C. State University, where I majored in English education. I was an English teacher for five years, teaching fifth through 10th grade in South and North Carolina.
"Then in 1998 we had our first child, and I left teaching to open a home child-care center. ... I quickly outgrew the home center, so in August 2005, Humpty Dumpty became available, and we decided to expand to this larger facility to accommodate my waiting list."
The Humpty Dumpty Academy in Concord opened in November for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. It offers a first-shift schedule, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and second-shift schedule, 2:30-11:30 p.m.
"A typical day provides ... daily experiences in art, math, music, science, dramatic play and language art, and writing. Children have to move through the classrooms, selecting the center (where) they wish to play," Gary said.
"Our teachers provide learning opportunities revolving around children's interests. Self-help skills, social skills and physical education, and readiness activities are included on a daily basis. We also offer exciting summer camp programs that include educational field trips, special projects and arts and crafts."
Humpty Dumpty also offers closed-circuit monitoring of the classrooms, Mothers Morning Out meetings, after-school homework help, transportation to and from local schools and the A-Beka curriculum for preschoolers.
So if you're searching for dependable child care, you may want to check out this new option at 1951 Derita Road, Concord. Call 704-784-4484 or visit www.humptydumptyacademy.com.