February 10 2004

[b]State licensed day care opens in Presho [/b]

Posted by Kim
By Nicole Choal

The Lyman Learning Center, located at the corner of Fir Avenue and 4th street in Presho, opened its doors February 2, 2004.
The Lyman Learning Center, a non-profit, state licensed day care, can accommodate up to twenty children ages newborn to preschool and four school-aged children before and after school hours. Sixteen children are currently attending the day care. The Lyman Learning Center is one of only two state licensed day cares in Lyman County, the other is located in Lower Brule.

The Learning Center is managed by a volunteer board directors consisting of: Mike Sprenger, Pastor Lori Hope, Mary Halvorson, Cheyenne Garnos, Lori Wagner, Jen Uthe, and Eunice Hullinger. Child care providers are Cheyenne Garnos, director, and Jen Uthe. Additional part-time may be hired. Volunteers are also welcome.

Learning Center hours are Monday - Friday 7 am to 6 pm. Children receive breakfast from 8:15 to 8:45, lunch from 11:15 to 11:45 and two snacks. The rate is $1.85/hour per child. Parents may apply for help paying for day care through state assistance by picking up applications at the WIC office in Kennebec.

Children are involved in daily activities such as art projects, story time, and music time. The Medicine Creek Lions Club of Presho is installing a chain link fence to the south of the center for an outside playground.

The 24 X 50 structure provided through a grant from the Governor's Housing Project was moved into town last October. Although the house was provided free to the community, the center was responsible for paying for carpet installation, linoleum, appliances, ramps, and fence. A 16 X 24 addition was added to the original structure to house an office, entry room, and storage. The day care has a kitchen, playroom/eating area, sleeping area, laundry room/pantry, and boys and girls bathrooms.

Both Garnos and Uthe previously provided child care in their respective homes; Garnos for 3 years at home and 2 years at a center in Kennebec and Uthe for 2 years at her home. Garnos and Uthe, as all state licensed day care providers or volunteers, had to fulfill state guidelines such as a TB test and background checks. The structure also had to pass state guidelines for things such as building safety codes, handicapped accessibility, and a certain amount of space available for each child to play. The menu for the children's breakfast, lunches, and snacks also follows state guidelines.

"We look forward to serving the community by providing a safe and caring learning environment." commented Cheyenne Garnos.

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