Creative Minds Expands to Take Child Care to a New Level

Emily Hatfield and Kaitlyn Shewmaker

Last month, a local child care and development center expanded to provide even more to parents wanting to help prepare their children for Kindergarten.  Creative Minds Child Development Center originally opened its doors in 2010 by sisters Kaitlyn Shewmaker and Emily Hatfield.  Their original center, which was located on Alton Station Road, would provide child care to a maximum of 36 children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.  Through their quality care and work, the center flourished to where they needed more room.

Soon enough, the perfect building would become available for them.  Back in June, a storm would tear the roof off of the Abundant Life Christian Center on US127 near the north end of town.  Abundant Life moved out of the building after the storm and decided not to move back.  When the building became available, Kaitlyn and Emily decided to take the building and expand Creative Minds.

After the repairs and renovations were complete, the sisters opened up Creative Minds Academy at the new building on December 15th, focusing on just preschool and pre-K children from ages 2-5.  They then revamped the old location for just infants and toddlers.  Between the two locations, they can now accept up to 97 children.  “We are beyond excited for the growth opportunities our new facility provides!” Emily said.

With the new center, they can provide even higher quality child care and education.  Focusing on play-based learning in a natural setting, Creative Minds tries to instill a love of learning at an early age.  With a fun filled indoor playground, well prepared staff with many having or currently enrolled in a bachelors degree program, and small teacher to student ratio, the new Creative Minds Academy takes child care and Kindergarten preparation to a new level.  They also individualize and accommodate the needs of all their students.  Emily said, “We are thankful for the opportunity to influence so many little lives during such critical stages of development.”

For more information about Creative Minds, check out their Facebook page.

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