LeRoy Daycare

Our Board

  • Kimberley Block – President
  • Danielle Bilodeau – Vice President
  • Breann Moore – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Bryce Moore – Director
  • Claire Otsig – Director
  • Methusela Toledo – Director
  • Tracey Porten – Director
  • Alia Kientz – Director

    Building Blocks to Success

    From the beginning, the Economic Development Committee identified a Daycare Center as a priority. The town of LeRoy has been on a steady population increase due to more immigration and job growth as a result of surrounding industry coupled with previous young residents returning to the area. A daycare will allow our young families to reside in or around the town of LeRoy, give new mothers and residents a chance to return to or enter the work force. Without a daycare, we risk losing young families due to the lack of childcare. The addition of a Daycare Center in LeRoy not only adds to the appeal of our community, but provides a much needed and valuable service to our residents.

    Our Fundraising Goals

    The LeRoy Daycare Inc. board has had numerous meetings discussing the best path to take that is conscious of both the budget and short time frame; our conclusion is to renovate a portion of the Evergreen building in
    LeRoy. We have asked multiple companies for quotes on certain aspects of the renovation process and have finalized a fundraising goal of $80,000. This amount will be required after we utilize the grant that we received from the Government last summer. The total funds raised will complete all renovations as well as provide all necessary supplies and furniture to have the LeRoy Daycare Inc. operational.

    Our Plan

    The LeRoy Daycare Inc. Board has been working hard along with the Evergreen Country Home Board to finalize plans for the new daycare center. After a lot of meetings and thorough discussions, the board has made the decision to renovate 6 unused rooms of the Evergreen building, which will operate as a licensed daycare center. It will be a completely separate entity and will be run by a different board of directors. The Evergreen staff and Board have been extremely helpful and supportive during this entire process. We have worked together to make sure both businesses will be able to thrive on their own, but will also benefit in numerous ways from the relationship between the two entities.
    The planning process is a very time consuming part of this journey. We have worked alongside an engineer who has been very helpful with finding the best plan for us. This includes an addition for a separate daycare entrance, a firewall which will provide a sound proof barrier and a fire resistant separation from the Evergreen residents’ living space, a separate sleep room and play area for infants and toddlers, the addition of large windows to allow a lot of natural sunlight, a wheelchair accessible bathroom, a small kitchen area, and plenty of open play space for children. We will be sharing the existing licensed kitchen to provide nutritious food and snacks for the children. The layout allows an exit towards the front of the building to allow outside play for the children. The beauty of this design is that the residents will be able to watch the children play from their own separate outdoor space.

    Benefits of Early Childhood Education

    Our plan for the LeRoy Daycare goes beyond having a safe and caring space for our young children. We plan to use this opportunity to provide a place where young children are able to learn and grow through interactive play.
    Young children who are exposed to early childhood education have been known to grow both cognitively and socially which helps minimize gaps when preparing for school. Children in our facility will be given numerous opportunities for interactive play. This assists in building
    comprehension, language, and motor skills, along with regulating emotions. Without proper exposure in the early years, the development of these skills can be overlooked.
    Our director and employees will be required to have their Early Learning Education or be in the process of completing the course. This will allow our children to have the best chance to learn and grow while under their care. This opens doors for a few full-time and part-time employment opportunities for our town and surrounding areas as well.

    Benefits of an Intergenerational Daycare

    Although this journey will be new for our town, we believe that the benefits of an intergenerational facility far outweigh any concerns or apprehensions. There are so many benefits for everyone involved. Children are known to break the cycle of loneliness and boredom within a senior care home by bringing in their innocence and energetic way of life. Children who communicate with seniors are less likely to be ageist, more likely to develop better emotional and social skills, and gain undivided time and attention from the interaction.
    Studies have shown (source: the Atlantic, January 20/2016) that interaction with children can slow mental decline, lower blood pressure and reduce risk of disease. We want to help to create a place to live and thrive within our community. The possibilities are endless for what these generations can learn from each other.
    We will be one of 4 intergenerational daycares known in the province of Saskatchewan. These benefits listed are just part of the reason why we will stand out from other daycare facilities.