GILFORD — A 19-year veteran kindergarten and pre-school teacher will be opening a daycare and pre-school center for 3- to 5-year olds here. Becky Mogee of New Hampton expects her center will be open in October.
"Miss Becky," as she prefers to be called, said her program will be a balanced structure of age-appropriate academics in the morning with structured play time in the afternoon that will incorporate arts, music and science.
"We use a hands-on approach and really believe in getting children ready for kindergarten," she said.
Mogee said they are also offering a class in parenting so individual parents can learn about the things their children are doing. "We want to partner with parents," she said. "We are not there to take over their role but to lend a hand.
She said the parents she has worked with in the past have said that she makes learning fun for their children. "We have music and dance. We let them use their whole body," she said.
Mogee also said that she wants to give the parents and the little ones a sense of community as well.
"Even though they're little, they can still give," she said, adding she just spent two weeks in Rwanda and noted that a single box of crayons are like a pot of gold in parts of Africa. "Little ones can learn that even giving a box of crayons can be a huge gift."
Now that the Gilford Planning Board has given her and her husband site plan approval for an on-site outdoor playground, she is working to get the middle office at 401 Gilford Avenue (Rte. 11-A) ready.
Mogee said one of the reasons she picked Gilford was because she learned there is no full-day daycare. She said she had staggered programs for those who still only want a half-day of pre-school and daycare.
She is allowed a maximum of 25 children in her program with a minimum of three teachers. She said her two assistants are also pre-k teachers.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday is one half-day program, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays there is another. In addition, there are full-day and half-day programs Monday through Friday.
Mogee said the town of Gilford has been wonderful to her. She said one of the librarians asked her to participate by reading to children during stay-time at the beach.
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