PC Tots executive director carries large ambitions
November 4, 2015
As a new mother and a woman who values her career, Libby Bailey had been grappling with the same questions that many in her shoes face.
When should she go back to work? What options would she and her husband have for child care? How would they make it work? It was during that time that she found out about PC Tots, a new non-profit that is aiming to provide quality, affordable child care for working parents in Park City.
"I heard about PC Tots through the grapevine — it’s kind of a small community of young mothers here," Bailey said. "As a new mother, I was really waiting for the programming to hit."
But then something unexpected happened. She discovered the organization was looking for an executive director. Bailey has a background as a Montessori teacher and wrote her master’s degree thesis on how to provide young children with culturally relevant learning. This, she thought, could be a perfect fit.
"Looking at their mission and what they want to do with providing affordable childcare but something of quality, it really appealed to me," she said.
Bailey applied and got the job. Now she is working to implement a grand vision for PC Tots, which is scheduled to begin classes in January, following the renovation of its new building at 1850 Sidewinder Drive.
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Bailey, who lives nearby the new PC Tots building, sees the organization as a means to eliminate a painful question many parents face: What level of quality of child care can I afford?
"That shouldn’t be a question," she said. "Every child deserves the best."
So how does Bailey plan to ensure PC Tots represents that level of child care? First and foremost, she said, parents must be assured it is a completely safe environment for their children, with a low staff-to-child ratio and attentive employees.
Second, PC Tots will be a place of learning.
"I have aspirations with PC Tots to really bring some strong educational philosophies here," Bailey said, adding that the achievement gap is closed in early childhood, not later on.
Also important is welcoming children from a variety of racial and economic backgrounds. Bailey hopes the organization can break down cultural barriers before children in Park City ever even build them up.
"That’s a really important thing I think Park City needs to address as the community moves forward," Bailey said. "We can’t let it become just these siloed communities that don’t have anything to do with one another. That’s an ultimate goal, and one that should be stressed with prospective parents, so they know this is a holistically inclusive group of kids."
For more information on PC Tots, visit pctots.org.
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