Starting small with Mary

A day in the life of a child-care giver in Juneau

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Mary begins the day preparing a healthy breakfast while assisting children with hand-washing and saving their morning activities. Next thing there's a spill to wipe and a dispute she observes from afar (sensing a learning experience) before joining the children at their level and supporting them in discovering a solution - instead of solving the disagreement for them.

Afterwards Mary sets out activities before beginning toothbrushing, potty time and handwashing, while simultaneously clearing breakfast dishes, sanitizing tabletops and considering children's interests as they choose story books - all before 9 a.m.

Structuring an entire day shows how remarkable family childcare providers like Mary really are.

Children talk through differences, saying how they feel and showing empathy towards one another when sad or hurt - incredible life skills for young children to obtain and utilize into adulthood. As an early-childhood educator Mary also stays involved with children's parents and the community while furthering professional development. Mary displays pictures of children's families, engages in positive parent interactions and views parents as the first and foremost teachers in their children's lives.

Within the community, Mary is involved with organizations such as Head Start

Through a partnership with the Tlingit and Haida Head Start Family Childcare Program, Mary receives weekly visits from family educators offering curriculum support, monthly bus field trips, a stipend for services, and ongoing child assessments/positive interactions with children.

Mary also works with the Childcare Food Program and the AEYC-SEA Toy Mobile.

To further professional development in the early childhood field, Mary holds a Child Development Associates Credential, is the Alaska Family Childcare Association-Southeast Chapter chair, an AEYC-SEA member and has years of experience working with children. A builder of relationships with children and families, day-to-day supporter of child development, and a nurturing adult making a difference in the lives of children - Mary Adelmeyer is not a "baby-sitter"; she is an early- childhood professional.

If any readers are seeking quality family childcare with early-childhood professionals like Mary, the Head Start Family Childcare program currently has openings for children ages three to five. Call 463-7391 and talk with Melissa or Krista to enroll your child.

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