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Welcome to locally owned Golden Book Preschool since 1987.
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In 2008, my daughter was unable to care for her three children; my wife and I dread the idea that she was leaving her children behind. We thought that we would take care of our grandchildren on a temporarily basis. Because my wife worked in the evenings I had to cook one meal for the kids and an entirely different, more sophisticated meal for the grown-ups to eat later. That meant that we typically didn’t finish washing the dishes and cleaning up the kitchen until around 10:00 or 10:30 pm at the earliest. Eventually, we found a way to simplify the household routines. Amazingly, the kids weren’t all that much trouble. They seemed to know that they were going to be alright.
But even then, it’s wasn’t over for us. Another daughter was sent to prison and she was pregnant. Then it dawn on my wife and I that the problem is that we now have four children at all ages - from infants to preschool - kindergarten and one pre-teen to take care of.  All that we saw was eight million activities to do. A logistical nightmare for someone in their 50’s with grown children of their own. Looking for a daycare was another challenge. We want to find a facility with the amenities fit for our grandchildren, with rules and regulations, and safety and security procedures.

Luckily for us, God lead us to Golden Book Pre-School. Golden Book has been a true blessing for the children. As I stepped inside Golden Book, I noticed an environment where my grandchildren will be safe to learn and develop. Their rooms are carefully planned to make learning fun and allow the freedom to play and explore. Most of the procedures at Golden Book are set up to accommodate our busy schedule, from an easy way to begin enrollment to opening up their doors at 7:00 AM. All of what we needed was found at Golden Book Pre-School.

I asked myself, what will my grandchildren be doing’. How does Golden Book prepare children for school and a lifetime of learning? Whenever I visit, I would see every child engaged in an activity that not only stimulates learning, it stimulates fun, too. Whether it’s reading a book, playing a game, working in a learning center, or improving skills on the playground, to me, they make early childhood development interesting for children. These are important questions, and the answers truly set Golden Book apart.
My granddaughter was behind developmentally, intellectually and socially and there were only six weeks of VPK left in the school year. Golden Book meets her needs with an environment that was warm, nurturing and fun. And, of course, school readiness was the main focus. In that short amount of time, they prepared her through activities that help her learn language, math, science, expression, imagination and social skills which made her transition to kindergarten an easy one.
The thought of adding a fourth childcare expense became a growing and worrisome time in our lives. The time was quickly approaching as evidence that our newborn is now a one year old toddler and going into full-time day care. We were not one of those parents who could afford or had the option to opt to stay home to raise their children as a form of child care. A stay-at-home parent would have also penalized our income. So with much prayer I asked the Lord is there any help for two-income families to pay for day care? A peace came over me from that point. It was an eye-opening experience when Golden Book said to me “as a matter of day care policy, we should not give preferential treatment, however I must be obedient to what God has told me to do. God said to sponsor your grand-daughter for the remainder of her tuition. Now she has just barely stated walking yet she’s exploring the many other facets of her young life.
Children learn best when they are engaged and interested, and what better way to do that than to have fun with learning at Golden Book. My four year grandson was excited during the preschool season which encompasses Early Preschool, and now he’s in the Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program. He will acquire a full breadth of developmental skills necessary to successfully transition him into kindergarten when he enters next school year.
In closing, I believe that Golden Book programs for school-age children are very diverse, they all do have one thing in common: whether it’s day care, pre-school or VPK, they give your child endless opportunities to explore discover and learn in a warm, safe, nurturing environment. Again, these are important things that truly set Golden Book apart.
Gus Daniels, Jr.
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