A child care facility hidden on the beautiful grounds at the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover is helping parents save money and helping children experience more activities.
Many families in Connecticut spend more than $1,000 each month on day care, according to Child Care Aware of America. However, one option is hoping to save Connecticut families hundreds of dollars a week.
Open Arms Child Care just celebrated its one-year anniversary but there's one problem...it's not well known.
“I hear a lot of people say they haven't heard of it, so we're excited to get the word out," said Tonya Edelbaum, of Open Arms Child Care.
Edelbaum oversees the center, which can take care of 19 children, but they only have five right now. That number is surprising because the center only costs $165 per child per week.
"It's a great deal,” Edelbaum said. “The kids bring their own lunches. If they're here early, they can show up with breakfast and sit and eat breakfast. And we provide snacks."
"What interested me was the price, they're the lowest around,” Manchester mother Jessica Semmens said.
Semmens sends two of her three children to Open Arms Child Care.
"I love this facility,” Semmens said. “It's nice and clean. The staff is great."
At most day care centers, children can be confined to the inside of the building or play area right outside it. However, Open Arms Child Care is located on the grounds of the Channel 3 Kids Camp, so there is plenty to do outside all day.
"We'll take a hike in the afternoon, do arts and crafts,” Edelbaum said. “We do a lot of focusing on kindergarten readiness with the kids."
Open Arms Child Care is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended hours until 6:30 p.m., if needed.
"Jessica loves it here. She's learning a lot,” Coventry mother Ellen Langenfeld said. “She's definitely gonna be ready for kindergarten when she starts in the fall."
If you don't have children, people can help keep the cost down by making a donation to the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
"When you're checking out facilities, make sure the staff is good with kids, make sure they have a plan,” Langenfeld said. “This facility is wonderful all the way around."
People can make a donation to the Channel 3 Kids Camp this weekend. Scot Haney and Nicole Nalepa will host the annual telethon. It airs on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
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