TH News Editor
Walking into the daycare facility of Charron Santiago and her mother is like walking into something out of House Beautiful magazine. Not only is there a place for everything, everything seems magically in place even with little hands and feet scurrying about the large dining room area where the daily hot meals are served to youngsters as young as one and upwards of four.
The 3,495 square-foot home has two different playrooms: one outside in the carefully monitored play yard and one inside, with a large classroom space, a place for naps, and above all, a caring atmosphere where the two women keep a watchful eye on their young charges.
Licensed for eight, right now, Charron is looking for a couple more youngsters to care for full time. Since she lives right in Tuscany Hills, she is hoping more of her neighbors with children will check out what she has to offer because she can care for children from six weeks to six years old.
“We love to play developmentally appropriate games, we teach all the motor skill development activities, the alphabet, numbers, do arts and crafts, have lots of story time, and more,” she says, noting the two women open their home from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
With her openings, no registration fee is required. “It’s strictly first come, first served,” she says.
The immaculate two story facility has a terrific view overlooking Canyon Lake and in the colorful playroom there are all kinds of toys, games, books, stuffed animals and inviting ways to get youngsters engaged. “Our goal is to help any of our children to grow and develop by teaching and educating them to be really ready for the school experience,” Charron adds.
Licensed, she has worked with youngsters for the past five years and is CPR certified, as is her mother. Charron holds a B.A. in Psychology and is currently completing work on her Master’s Degree. She earned her B.A. in 1992 from Azusa Pacific University.
“What we offer is more than a baby sitting service, we offer preparation for Kindergarten and pre-school settings. We do arts and crafts, help youngsters with potty training, do lots of learning about the natural world of animals, colors, shapes, etc., and we offer special field trips,” her mother adds. There are pictures of such trips to nearby Mulligan’s in Murrieta, Knott’s Berry Farm, various local parks and recreation areas, along with taking some of the children to movies. However, most times the children are most content watching the large screen television that has the Learning Channel and Disney movies offered.
Charron, single, is currently looking for a Christian man with whom she could share her love not only of youngsters, but roller blading, basketball, concerts, and travel. A native Southern California girl, she and her mother moved to the Tuscany Hills area five years ago and both admit they “are as happy as clams here.”
Her mother, Celesteen Dean, is a former business woman and worked for Western Airlines at one time before deciding to assist her daughter. Charron has an older brother who recently opened a new business, a younger brother who is a professional singer and another sister.
Her mother points out they want to maintain a family environment for the youngsters they care for and says “families are like a team, it’s important to learn early that family is there to love and help you and you are important.”
Charron has worked with autism, drug babies and those suffering from Downs Syndrome when she was younger. “I got a chance to see various things up close and very personal and found I was able to make a difference,” she modestly adds.
Tuscany families seeking a clean and caring atmosphere to leave their youngsters, can contact her at 951-674-9949. “We want to be their home away from home. Where parents know they can depend on us,” she notes.