GENEVA – A new “children’s day out” program has been launched at Faith Baptist Church Mill Creek, providing a faith-based foundation for toddlers and children.
Batavia resident Kim Jacobsen, director of Bright Beginnings, said the program officially started Sept. 3, and Jacobsen said she has been working since July to create the curriculum.
“We have classrooms that are waiting for people to come in,” she said. “The objective is to provide a social foundation in a Christian environment.”
The motto for the new day care center is “rooted in faith, growing in knowledge, reaching in love.” The program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and serves children between the ages of 15 months through 5 years old. Families do not need to be members of the church to attend. Jacobsen said many “day out” programs run only two hours, but Bright Beginnings offers a four-hour day that includes lunch.
That block of time allows parents to get errands done without a tight two-hour deadline.
“It does end up being a blessing for the parents, as well as the kids,” Jacobsen said.
She said her favorite part about directing the program are the connections she makes with families. Jacobsen, who has been working with children for 25 years, said she ran a similar children’s day out program at Knox Presbyterian Church of Naperville before starting the program in Geneva.
The curriculum at Bright Beginnings helps prepare children for kindergarten through working with colors, letters, shapes and numbers, and refining listening and motor skills, Jacobsen said.
She said once the program is running, she wants to offer parents and children a free trial day to see whether the program is right for them before signing up. Children can attend classes on one or both days each week, and parents can “pay as they go” and will not be charged for days their child is not present. The cost is $25 per day.
Jacobsen said she looks forward to seeing the program grow.
“It’s been so much fun,” she said. “This has been a dream of mind and I’ve been working toward this my whole career. To really watch the program grow – that’s the most exciting thing.”
For information about Bright Beginnings at First Baptist Church Mill Creek in Geneva, visit www.fbcmillcreek.org/BrightBeginnings or call director Kim Jacobsen at 630-845-2532.