As a young parent, Leonard Jackson knows that balancing a career and raising a child is a challenge. And he knows finding quality childcare can be an even more daunting task.
That’s why he started his own childcare center.
On Oct. 1, Jackson opened the doors at Nana’s House Childcare and Learning Center, 6205 SE 15th Street. The community’s newest childcare center offers personal attention for children in a clean and safe environment with flexible hours for busy parents.
“I wanted a childcare center where kids get a lot of one-on-one attention,” Jackson said. “And I wanted a place that I could trust with my own child.”
Nana’s House is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. The facility offers half-day and full-day options.
The 2,400-square-foot facility features separate spaces for different age groups. Each space has dedicated areas for activities, learning and play. Children can get exercise in the fenced-in backyard space.
The staff also incorporates educational lessons into the childcare service. They develop appropriate curriculum to help young children develop motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary for kindergarten.
Carey Sikes serves as director of the facility oversees education and curriculum program. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education.
“For a child age two we might have them cut with scissors and the next step would be tying their shoes and using a pencil,” said Sikes. “And the same would be for an infant learning to crawl and walk. It just builds off each other.”
The Nana’s House staff takes pride in offering a clean and safe place for children. They keep the children’s areas locked at all times and are adding a coded entry on the main door for parents.
“We want to promote a happy and healthy environment and one of the biggest things is having a clean facility,” Jackson said. “Some other daycares smell and they’re so big that kids don’t get the attention they need.”
Jackson said they are also a proud supporter of the military and public safety employees. Nana’s House offers extended hours to accommodate work schedules and discounts for military personnel, police and firefighters.
“I was in the military and I experienced trouble sometimes finding someone to watch my son, so we want to give back to the military and our police and firefighters,” said Jackson who served in the Army for six years.
Multi-child discounts are also available.
Nana’s House is currently licensed to serve up 30 children. The facility can serve a maximum of 52 children.
The childcare center is a two-star certified facility by DHS. It is staffed by four employees with plans to hire more employees as enrollment grows. All employees undergo background checks and FBI fingerprinting.
For more information about Nana’s House, call (405) 455-6774 or find them on Facebook.