Creative Education for Kidz in Kamas
April 13, 2010
Cyndee Burnham understands how much trust goes into selecting child care or preschools. She had kids in day care once too, and knows what parents want and fear.
That’s why she started Creative Education for Kidz in Kamas three and a half years ago. Having worked 13 years in the industry she understands what parents want and what small children need.
She left her own children with several different places as a young mother. She was concerned about the violent shows they watched and the violent games they played.
Burnham knows she isn’t the only one because of the most frequently-asked questions she gets is how much television the kids watch and what’s on.
"We don’t have a TV," she said. "We have one computer for educational purposes."
Instead, clients at Creative Education for Kidz are busily engaged in activities with an experienced teacher targeting their age group.
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Burnham’s facility is 1,900 square feet with three classrooms for infants under age two, two-year-olds, and preschool for children ages three through five.
One of her teachers has 30 years of experience in childcare and is bilingual, the other has been in child care for 18 years. Together, the three pull from decades in the business to solve problems and give each child the best care possible.
For example, instead of watching shows, all three prepare lesson plans weekly and lead the children through exercises in basic math, lots of arts and crafts, playing outside, science experiments and even weekly cooking classes.
Starting next year, a mobile gymnastics teacher will come weekly to lead all three age groups in basic movement classes.
Her programs are so popular she has parents from the West Side and Heber drive to Kamas to drop off their kids before going to work in Park City. They’re willing to drive a little further for higher-quality care, she said.
"We give parents peace of mind," she said. "They rest easily when they drop off kids knowing they’ll be well-cared for, fed, educated, loved and not forgotten about."
Implementing quality education into day care and preschool gives children the foundation they need to grow into really great people, Burnham said.
Kids are so easily influenced at this time in their life," she said. "They’re little sponges. If we do something, they all want to know what they’re doing."
The Utah Department of Workforce Services recently gave her its approval with a large grant to improve the landscaping of the yard by planting bigger trees, laying new sod, building a structure for shade, installing additional playground equipment and creating two raised flower beds in which a vegetable garden will be planted.
Open enrollment for summer and the fall school year begins April 19. She has special summer camps planned for Kindergarteners and first-graders. Next winter, the oldest preschool-age children will have the opportunity to take part in a six-week ski class at Park City Mountain Resort.
Johnny Sunderman said she has two children at Creative Education for Kidz. They love going to school.
"Cyndee goes above and beyond the normal role of preschool provider," she said. "She’s definitely concerned with my kids’ best interests and takes my son to kindergarten every day, picks him up. I rely on her completely."
Creative Education for Kidz
568 South Foothill Dr. #12
Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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