Aug 29, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterAfter an unsuccessful attempt last year to convert a home at 944 Big Horn Drive into a day care facility for school-age children, Jennifer Person finally has found a place to offer preschool and after school care to the families and children of Riverton.
The new location at 212 E. Washington Ave. isn't exactly what Person had planned originally because it is not a house, but she said there's definitely room for improvement and expansion in the new facility.
"We have room to grow here," Person said, adding that in the future she can build an outside play area or add square footage.
Person said there is a high demand for preschool education from parents as well as after-school care for children who are older but are still too young to care for themselves.
"This way I'm filling two needs," she said.
Last year, city zoning and negative feedback from nearby property owners prevented Person's plans from moving forward, even though she had made the purchase of the home for the purpose of the day care services.
Another day care owned by Person, Nennyopolis Daycare at 911 E. Roosevelt Ave., will continue to operate.
The new facility, Nennyopolis Preschool, will focus on preschool education and after-school care for school-age children. Preschool education is offered for 4- and 5- year-olds with a separate session for 3-year-olds.
Parents have several options to choose from on what days or times they would like their toddler to attend preschool. Person said children will learn to develop skills to prepare them for kindergarden including social, physical, intellectual and emotional development. Teachers will work with preschoolers on improving their language, communication, fine motor skills, and participate in sensory and manipulative activities. Snacks will be offered during preschool and breakfast, while lunch and snacks are offered during the summer care program.
Jamee Savage will be the full-time, certified teacher for the preschool, along with other assistant teachers. Savage has a degree in elementary education with a focus in early childhood education.
The new facility is set up with a computer area and an art, puzzles, wood shop, library and dress-up area. The facility also will fill in to help families when Fremont County School District 25 has in-service days or during breaks or holidays when school is out but parents still have to work.
To visit with Person, call 840-5222.
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