Vail Valley Bizwatch: Little Blessings Child Care
August 16, 2010
Business name: Little Blessings Child Care.
Location: We’re at 502 Capitol Street in Eagle.
Date opened: March 1.
Owners: Brock and Tiffany Sloan.
Contact info: Call 970-328-5683 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What goods or services do you provide? Little Blessings Child Care provides a nurturing and cozy home environment for infants and toddlers up through three years old. Children beam with excitement the moment they walk in our door. We have small ratios and highly qualified teachers who meet standards that exceed state requirements for childcare.
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We have expanded from an in-home child care to a small center, and we now have the capacity to provide care for 15 children per day, divided into three age-appropriate classrooms.
What’s new or exciting at your place? Little Blessings has grown to become the only infant and toddler small child care program in our valley. We have the intimate feel and care of an in-home child care, but the entire house is dedicated to an environment for little ones to explore and grow.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Little Blessings is unique. This is a special place because we have the set-up and structure of an in-home child care but have the benefits of a large center such as extended hours and the flexibility of having a team of teachers on staff.
We do not have any real competition. Eagle County is meeting 17 percent of the infant and toddler child care needs. There are no other facilities that offer this care in Eagle aside from six licensed home care providers who can together care for 12 infants less than one year old. Adding our program to the town of Eagle has almost doubled the available spots to care for infants and toddlers under the age of two.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Our purpose is to provide nurturing infant and toddler child care through teaching the Fruits of the Spirit, a fun play on words and teaching tool which is a biblical lesson of instilling positive character from birth. These traits are love, peace, patience, kindness goodness, godliness, gentleness, and self control. These values are tools that will equip all children for life, regardless of one’s world view. Our focus is primarily on social and emotional development.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Our vision began when we became parents. We both had careers we loved, but struggled to find quality and consistent care for our first daughter. We found in-home care that we loved, but were limited on the days available to us, and the program eventually closed its doors. We could not find care that matched the quality we received from Erin Hales-Daly and thus, we saw a dire need in our valley. We set out to create the environment that we so desperately sought after for our own family.
Our experience comes from being moms ourselves. We know the care we desired for our own children, and strive to deliver that same care to our families. In addition we have two exceptionally qualified teachers who run our program, both of whom have extensive education in early childhood development.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? We are happy to provide the town of Eagle with new entertainment. No one told us there is not a town property management company going around taking care of everyone’s yards at no additional cost. For a good laugh, drive by to see us “pretty girls” trying to work a push mower and weed whacker, or trying to manage unruly hoses with cheap sprinklers attached to the end. Taking care of a yard is tough work – anyone want to donate landscaping hours?