Dads and moms can both rest easy knowing their kids are at Great Day Child Care. Gary L. Cox bought the business, which was previously Bass Lake Child Care, 7 years ago from his son. He was determined to create a home away from home that children could look forward to visiting and that was also safe and educational.
Eight years ago, Scott and Tammy Fortenbury were looking for childcare for 2-year-old Lorena and 7-year-old Jeffrey. Prior to their search, they employed some great baby sitters, two of which are now employed by Great Day, who would come right to their home. But often, it was difficult to find someone available when needed.
After looking at local services, the decision to choose Great Day was easy; the facility was clean, safe, large and inviting. They liked the way everything was laid out safely on one floor, and the educational advantage of different classrooms based on ages.
Jeffrey is now 14 and attends Cardinal Middle School, and Lorena, age 10, catches the bus and is dropped off at Great Day after school. She loves to play with friends in the afternoon until Tammy leaves her job at Kraft Maid to pick her up. Lorena explained why she enjoys going to Great Day. “My teachers say nice things to me and I love playing Barbie with my friends.” On occasion, Lorena has left her homework or lunch behind at the child care center, and the Great Day staff have made special trips to the school to deliver them. Lorena said she is helped with homework and spelling tests. Scott said, “I knew she was learning. She would carry this little book with her. I could see her work and how the staff marked it so she could write it again correctly. The Fortenbury family all agrees that Great Day is a wonderful place.
Piper Cumblidge, 5, has been attending Great Day Child Care since she was 8 weeks old, and her mother, Heather, says, “She has made her way to every single class room.” Piper recalls that this was where she learned her ABCs and animals on flash cards. Her 9-year-old brother, Trystin, enjoys building tunnels with friends, dancing, drawing, and the days when there are special visitors such as Santa, elves, and clowns. Tim Cumblidge, the children’s father, is employed by Chem Technologies. “I am very over protective and I watch to see what goes on,” he said. “Plain and simple; this is a good place.” Heather adds, “I have issues with someone watching my kids, but Great Day treats our kids like their own. And I know our kids would tell us if anything was wrong.” Heather is employed by Dillen Products, Inc. and was attracted to Great Day because of the employee discount offered and convenience of location.
Jared Fair is 9 years old. His mother Barb has trusted Great Day with his care since he was 8 weeks old. “No mother wants to go back to work and leave a newborn, but I never worried about him.” Barb added that even during those early years, Jared did not catch many illnesses, perhaps because hand washing and cleanliness is always stressed. Employed at Dillen Products, Inc., Barb also looked into Great Day because of the employee discount. Barb recalls liking the learning center immediately during Danielle’s tour.
Jared especially enjoys that the teachers have lots of energy and love to take him outside to play. One of his favorite memories is when the Bubble Guy came and used his magic to encase the children in huge bubbles. Barb says, “Danielle and Lucinda are terrific, and so are the rest of the teachers. Everyone is energetic, and the staff turnover is very low. That says a lot.” She sums up her decision to use Great Day in one concise sentence; “If I thought Jared was unhappy, he would not be here.”
Great Day Child Care is located at the east end of the Village, 14810 Madison Road (Route 528) in Middlefield (44062). For information call 440-632-1832 or visit their website.
by Kim Breyley, Middlefield Post