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For Immediate Release
Little Wings Childcare and Learning Center in Rantoul provides children
with a learning environment at affordable prices!
Date: May 17, 2001
Contact: Kim Robeson (351-4220), Little
Wings Childcare and Learning Center (893-9022)
Little Wings Childcare and Learning Center, located at
205 East Frost in Rantoul, offers childcare with an educational component. The
center cares for infants (6 weeks to 18 months) and toddlers (15 to 24
months) and provides a full-time preschool program for children ages 2
through 5. In addition, a summer program and a before and after school
program for children ages 6 through 12 is offered.
Christina Deer, Director of the facility, has a degree in human development
and family services from the University of Illinois and several years of
experience in the childcare field. Christina heads a professional
staff that has taken courses and are certified not only in the educational
aspect that the center provides, but also in life-saving skills (CPR, etc.).
Christina Deer is a former lead teacher and develops the educational curriculum
for the center with Assistant Director, Mary Hastings. The curriculum
concentrates on a different topic each week focusing on math, language,
life skills and science. The curriculum also includes creative activities
such as art, blocks and dramatic play. One of the Center's owners,
Kyle Robeson, indicates that one of the reasons he feels that a childcare
center with an educational element is important is due to studies that
have indicated that a child's receptiveness to learning starts diminishing
at a young age. The studies have shown that if a child is not exposed
to learning by an early age, some interest has already diminished. "This
is why most parents spend a lot of time reading to and teaching children,
and that is why the education component of the center is so important"
Robeson said. "That is the reason we are excited about Christina,
her focus is on the children and their education."
Prices at Little Wings have been set to be competitive
with home childcare. "If a home childcare provider is sick, there
is no back-up whereas, there will always be back-up at the center"
Little Wings Childcare and Learning Center is approximately
10,200 square feet. The all-brick building was specifically built
for use as a childcare facility and is up to BOCA code with a new roof
and new parking area in front. The building has nine classrooms,
a computer center with educational software for the children's use, a dining
area, and indoor and outdoor recreation areas. The indoor recreation
area is utilized when the weather is bad and allows the children to be
involved in recreational activities year-round. Adjacent to the center
are fenced-in playgrounds separated for each age group The
playground equipment and surfaces are up to stringent childcare code and
are designed to be appropriate for the age groups playing on them, thus
reducing risk of injury.
Little Wings is a secure environment with smoke and fire
detection systems, an intercom system, a security entrance system and video
cameras in each classroom which are monitored at the main desk. The
main desk is set so that comings and goings are monitored. The teachers
and staff, as part of the certification process, must be fingerprinted
and cleared through local, state and national agencies. Each classroom
has two entrances/exits in case of fire.
The Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Though Kenneth Roessler,
one of the Center's owners, says the schedule may change based on demand. "We
have met with some area employers to get feedback on the hours the center
should be open as well as taken suggestions from their employees that have
children. If there is a demand for us to be open at different times,
we may broaden our hours to accommodate."
A variety of nutritious meals, as specified by the USDA, are served at
the Center. The meals are prepared in the on-site kitchen by a full-time
For additional information, please contact Christina Deer at 893-9022. Or,
feel free to drop in sometime and she will be happy to give you a tour
of the Little Wings Childcare and Learning Center.