Cradles to Crayons day care center opens

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Cradles to Crayons Day Care Center started accepting children on March 9. After 29 years of being a babysitting team with her sister, Shar Moses, Cindy Kerns has opened Cradles to Crayons, located at 23200 Ponderosa Drive, Philip.

"I wanted a journey of my own and wanted to be on my own, but I loved what I was doing. My three boys tell me I just look so happy now," said Kerns.

The hours of Cradles to Crayons are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but Kerns is willing to also stay flexible.

A sign will soon display the name "Cradles to Crayons," a name she got from a personal home day care in Rapid City. "Cradles to Crayons in Rapid City was closing, so I asked if it would be okay if I used the name. The lady running it said she would be more than happy if I would use the name," said Kerns.

Kerns watches children from ages one through eight and most days has about 12 children. The maximum number of children she can care for on a daily basis is 12.

Kerns keeps the children busy with activities like crafts every day, which go by the season and the day. The children do activities such as finger plays, songs, writing names, learning to write and recite the alphabet. "I think their favorite activity is painting. You mention painting and they all come running," said Kerns.

The girls were able to have a little different fun on June 12, when Tricia Burns visited to paint their fingernails. "Tricia offered to do the little girls' fingernails for a fun day. She's offered to come other times too, but whatever works for her," said Kerns.