Baldwinsville: A 'Kiddy Kingdom'

Child daycare is an issue most of today's families face, especially if both parents are working.

Being a mother of four, Dawn Lauer is familiar with the stress of finding a worthy and qualified daycare that offers an educational atmosphere to children. That is why she is taking the reigns and starting her own daycare center called Dawn's Kiddy Kingdom, a registered family daycare.

Lauer has worked for Child Time in Radisson, for the OCC Campus Daycare Center and as a personal nanny. She also has four daughters, Alex, 12, Cierra, 10, McKayla, 9, and one-year-old Abigail.

"Not only do I have 12 years of experience raising my own children, but children are what I know and love," Lauer said. "I love taking care of them and spending quality time with them. I also want children to be safe and somewhere there is structure so they aren't sitting in front of a TV all day. The prime time to stimulate social behaviors and cognitive growth is when children are young."

While at Dawn's Kiddy Kingdom, children will be able to enjoy arts and crafts, sand and water table activities, dramatic play, science, music, games and story times. Fine motor skill activities (painting and using beads to make necklaces) and large motor skill activities (riding bikes and playing with balls) are also part of the curriculum.

"I will be following the Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood," Lauer added.

Lauer is also in the process of registering to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federally funded program that's designed to improve the nutritional quality of meals served to children. The program will require an administrator to visit Dawn's Kiddy Kingdom on a monthly basis to ensure Lauer is meeting CACFP standards and that children are receiving daily food pyramid requirements.

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