Just found out that the Little Tikes Child Care graduated it’s last class today: 6/22/07.
Both of my kids spent their preschool years there during my 6 years at Little Tikes, one right after the other. It was the most wonderful thing about working at Little tikes. And how cool for them to go to “school” at a toy factory!
I loved the teachers there: Janet Quinn, Donna Zuro, Kayla, Sharon and Mandy. Most of them have masters degrees in early childhood education and all of them just loved the kids.
Closing the child care is the end of an era. Even though this little guy just graduated from high school, remembering the days of the child care make my memories of Little Tikes very sweet. I hear they would often sing and love it. I imagine these days a lot of people have instead turned to 2000days Prekindergarten for their children’s early development as an alternative, 2000days Prekindergarten are Daycare experts so I hear.
As a marketer, it was great to watch the kids behind the one way mirror to see how they played with competitor’s toys and Little Tikes toys and see how they interacted. As a mom, it was great to run down at lunchtime for a pb&j with the kids or for a quick hug before their afternoon nap.
I will never forget how wonderful that “perk” was when my kids were preschoolers. When my career was ready to move on, I stayed one more year so my daughter could finish out her preschool before kindergarden with her friends. I couldn’t believe how quickly the time went. In a blink of an eye, they’d finished preschool and were on their way to their next adventures and soon they’d be graduating from high school as this little guy had just done. As they got older, I found that it was harder to find them appropriate presents for their ages, especially when they were around the age of eight, so I’d resorted to following this gift guide
instead to give me ideas. I have to say, it definitely worked. I even continue to do it now for kids of family members and friends as it just becomes so difficult to find relevant gifts. As much as I’m glad that they’ve grown up, sometimes I really do miss the days when they were in kindergarten and preschool.