Charlene's Childcare

Minneapolis, MN (map)

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Licensed in MN – Validate
Child Care Provider – 106730-2-FCC

About Charlene's Childcare

My daycare services are available for all ages.

I am licensed, and I accept subsidies. I am on the food program, and I have a large fenced yard. I am available for care 24 hours from Monday to Friday. I am closed on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, otherwise, I am available 24/7.

I have an assistance teachers degree and have worked my way up to head teacher/director with additional training and hours. I have started up and ran a toddler program in a center for two years and have started up and ran a nursery school before getting into family day care. I have been doing licensed family child care since 1980.

Family day care is a place where your child or children will learn to share, put things away (clean up after themselves), take turns, make friends, learn from other ages as well as all the things needed to start Kindergarden. School-age children will do their homework when they come home from school, and I will help as needed and check over their work when done. This is all done in a loving family type atmosphere with lots of praise, hugs and love.

Check us out, and come join our loving family.


6217 83rd Place North Brooklyn Park MN
Minneapolis, MN 55443

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Question and answer

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. They need to know what they need such as what hours and days do they need care. How much are they willing or able to pay for some one to take care of their child/ren. What is most important to them a spotless home or a provider that lets the children be children. What are they looking for a structured environment or a relaxed family environment that lets children make choices and decide what that want to do for the day with some input from the adult.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have been doing this for many years and love what I do. I feel that all children need to feel loved and that they are a part of my family from the day they start to years after. We all become family and I enjoy the visits from my grown up kids as well as their parents that come back to see me later and share how they have grown. The best part of every day is the hugs and kisses from my day care kids, I fell they are worth stoping evrything for one from my a child.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I wish that they really new and understood what a real day is like in a Family Day Care Home. We aren't just sitting around watching the kids play. We are referees, cooks, diaper changers and potty trainers. We are accountants, nutritionalist, and housekeepers. But most importantly we are teachers and parents that grow to love your child as it they were our own.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I have always loved kids and wanted to work with kids. I started out in Center based care but did not like the ridged schedules and the seperation of all the kids by ages and the large class sizes. I fell that young children especially benifit from the smaller group size and mixing of ages and the home like setting verses the school setting in which they will be in for 13 plus years.
I was told I couldn't have kids and this was my way of having alot of them, and surprise I do have a child and he was born into an established Day Care and even though he is an only child he was raised as if having a large group of brothers and sisters. He is now 18 and works in an Afterschool Program for the School District while going to College to work with at risk youth.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. We are required to do at least 8 hours of training a year. Two hours are usually in Food Program training (if on a food program) We also have First Aide Training, SIDS/ Shaken Baby Training. CPR Training that need to be updated every 3 to 5 years. The 8 hours of training must be aproved by the state. I usually do more then my 8 hours of training a year.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. I would tell them to come spend a day in a Family Day Care Home and shadow a provider. I would tell them to sit down and find out all the things a provider does each and every day with the kids as well as all things you need to do on your own time when there are no kids there. Most people don't have any idea how much time and wear and tear there is on your home. Don't transport day care kids. There is to much extra responsibility and libality and how would you feel if a child came up missing or you were in an accident. Most auto companies will not cover you transporting kids because it is a bussiness so you have to have special insurance and it cost way to much. Make sure you have bussinrss libality Insurance, your home owners insurance will not cover your day car kids.

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