Home day care opens in Hayden
Hayden — With limited child care options in Routt County, Katina Kline hopes to fill a need with her new home day care in Hayden.
On Oct. 5, Kline received her license to operate Wee Care Center and look after as many as eight children, including two infants. Currently, four children are enrolled.
“I’m hoping there is a need,” Kline said. “I know there is definitely a need for infant care.”
The Hayden native got into child care when she started helping with her cousin’s children. Kline was then asked to substitute at the Laurel Street Preschool in Steamboat Springs.
“It hit me that this is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life,” Kline said.
After the Laurel Street Preschool closed in 2013, Kline opened a home day care in Steamboat before moving to Hayden. This summer, she converted her garage on West Washington Street.
Plumbing was added, along with a kitchen. Green window drapes with monkeys now cover the windows, and toys and activities are organized throughout the room. A playground was built outside, and a town park is only yards away.
“I feel like my location is very safe for the children,” Kline said. “I think what we’ve created is nice and cozy. I’m real excited about it. I’m excited to be back in this community.”
Kline’s day care is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. She charges $40 per day, which includes two snacks and lunch. There is also a $25 registration fee. Kline can be reached at 970-276-3431.
She is an approved provider for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, which helps low-income families in need of help paying for child care.
If the need for child care is close to the need in Steamboat, Kline’s slots could fill up fast. Kline said she spoke to a mother in Steamboat who was considering commuting to Hayden for child care.
That did not surprise Sharon Butler, of the Child Care Network program.
“We don’t have any capacity in Steamboat right now,” Butler said. “Very limited for any age group.”
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