This week, I received a note from our daycare center – they have decided to graduate my twins to preschool* about a month and a half earlier than they would normally graduate because they are doing so well socially and developmentally. While I’d like to take all the credit for their social and developmental progress in the form of good genes and full parental devotion, I really have to attribute this in very large part to our daycare center.
Our daycare center is a small center that has only 4 rooms – Infant, Younger Toddler, Older Toddler, and Preschool. Turnover in staff has been zero in the time that we’ve been there. It’s a wonderful, small facility where everyone knows each other. While it is not without its quirks (because no one can be perfect), we are very happy there. My kids are there full time (8-6, 5 days a week) and to them, it’s a second home. The teachers are, to me, an extended family.
I completely understand the stress that can come from a less-than-stellar facility. Prior to enrolling here, we were at a different facility. We lasted there for a month and a half before I decided to move them.
So, in honor of my excitement over my twins’ next major milestone, I am sharing a letter that I wrote to the teachers (names removed) a while back. We are, as you can tell from my letter, incredibly lucky to have found this place.
*Our center is licensed as a daycare up to Older Toddler Room, then is licensed as a preschool for 3s and 4s.
Dear Y, E, K, L, H, R, Ms. P, B, K, J, and V:
I have TRIED to get A and B to color those adorable daisies for the past WEEK AND A HALF, but the lure of Dora or Diego on TV, an excited dog who wants to play, the lack of peer pressure (“c’mon – everyone else is doing it!”), and competition over crayons (despite the fact that they have 24 colors!) have won over. Instead, I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation for everything that you all do through a note (I apologize for the fact that this message is type-written instead of hand-written!!!).
I can’t describe enough how much we love LNB. Every morning, my virtual alarm clock (including weekends) sounds something like this, “Mama! Wake up! I go to school!!” and usually followed by “I need to go pee pee!” Those two statements pretty much embody everything that you all have brought to our lives – the excitement over the daily routine of going to school, and the amount of development that my children have experienced (I can’t believe we’re already fully potty trained!) that I know would not have been possible if I were a stay-at-home mom.
We are so lucky to have teachers who really love our kids as if they were your own. I see friends who go to larger institutional centers where turnover is high, and I’m always amazed at the complaints I hear; it’s a reminder to me of how fortunate we are to have found you all. You’re like a family – with each other and with our kids. The other day at bedtime, we had the following conversation (I can’t even believe we’re at the point that we’re having real conversations! WHEN did that happen??!):
A: I so happy.
Me: Yeah? Why?
A: Everyone loves me
B: Everyone loves me too. I happy too.
Me: Everyone does love you. Mommy and Daddy love you.
B: Hunter [the dog] loves me.
A: H and R love me. Y and E, too. (<– referring to teachers)
Me: Your teachers love you?
B: Yeah, K, L, V, J.
A: When I in preschool, Ms. P and B, too
Me: You’re so lucky!
B: Everyone loves me
A: My friends love me too
(at which point, the whole routine above was repeated, naming all the kids in class…)
(P.S. My kids are going through a very LOVING phase at the moment)
(P.P.S. I didn’t even know that they knew who Ms. P and B were given that they haven’t been through that classroom yet!!!)
In any case, (as you all know) being a working mom is not easy because with two crazy little nuts like A and B who are continually doing new and endearing things, I would much rather be with them all the time JUST so that I don’t miss out on these events. Leaving them at their “second home” with their “second family” makes it so much easier because I know that they’re loved and in safe hands.
Thank you for all the hard work and dedication that you have with our children. Especially thank you for being who you are to A and B. They are happy, well-adjusted, smart kids, and I attribute a lot of this to you all.
A and B’s Mommy (AKA Vivian!)