To the Editor:
So many times in the news we hear only the bad experiences we have had. I want to share one of the best ones I have experienced.
As most parents know, in this area there is a lack of quality child care services. When I decided to go back to college several years ago I struggled with the fact that I would have to leave my then-toddler and infant with strangers. It frightened me so much, the first attempt to return to school was a failed one.
When my older child turned three I tried again to go back to school. Luckily for me there was a child care center right on campus at Potsdam. I have to admit, at first I was skeptical that anyone could provide day care to my high standards and satisfaction, and when both children cried when I left them I cried too and almost went back. The director, Lori Moulton, very warmly assured me that they would be okay and I could call and talk to their teachers whenever I wanted to and I could also come in and view them whenever I needed to reassure myself that they were okay. I did that frequently those first few weeks and those teachers were patient and very kind to me.
Both children had most teachers there during their time at SUNY Potsdam Day Care Center and I have never regretted my decision to enroll them. The people employed there are knowledgeable, affectionate, and always ready with a smile for both the children and the parents. Every teacher and every assistant teacher is willing to share advice about any issue you may have. From behavior issues and emotional outbursts, the staff there works very hard to guide you and work with you to help you resolve fears and frustrations you might have. Let’s not forget the cooks. You can often smell their meals as you walk in the door and it is enough to get your mouth watering. Kathy Grady in the office is always there to greet you as you pass by her door to get to your child’s class. This was my children’s last year here and I will greatly miss you all.
I fondly say an individual thank you and not only will Chloe and Lucas miss you, but I will miss all of you as well.
Thank you for taking the time and energy to care for my children as well if not better than I could.
Tina M. Runkles