Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

February 4, 2013

BUSINESS: East Texas businesswoman's 'Kid's Klub' provides Jacksonville with a lesson in quality child care


When it comes to establishing child care centers in East Texas, area businesswoman Cindy Baker-Rudd stands at the top of her class.

As a matter of fact, the 15-year child care business veteran recently received an "A-Plus" from a local Better Business Bureau chapter for her management of her Tyler facility.

Baker-Rudd also received a “4” rating, for that facility —  that being the highest possible rating with the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

Now the entrepreneur is bringing her trademark quality educational and care experience to Jacksonville, where she has established  "Kid's Klub," a full-time care center that includes summer camp for school-age children.

The full-time center at 2028 East Rusk used to be known as "Heaven's Sake Pre-School." But in keeping with the mission of Baker-Rudd's company, the student base has expanded and now cares for young ones ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

"Since the transfer of operations to our now-functioning but still contemplated management division, we have added 11 clients for a 39 percent increase in enrollment in one week,"  Baker-Rudd explained in a release.

This is is the third such facility she has established and run in this area. the others include Tyler's Tiny Town Learning Center and Bullard Early Education Center. All are run with smoothness and efficiency, officials say.

Baker-Rudd's company enjoys a stellar reputation with the public, with regulatory bodies — and even — she contends — competitors!

She is especially well thought of in the area for her work on Tiny Town, a premiere facility she has owned and operated since 1997. Tiny Town has an enrollment of over 200 children.

Bullard Early Education Center has an enrollment of 120 but potentially could increase to 196.

Housed in a 3,200 square foot commercial building, Jacksonville's Kid's Klub is capable of enrolling nearly 70 children.

Altogether, the company's child care staff has a combined 221 years of child care experience and wisdom. Baker-Rudd said she and her staff remain confident they can serve an even broader clientele in Texas.

The goal at each Baker-Rudd facility is the same, she said: "To provide a place for children to learn and grow with love and acceptance."

She said she keeps the centers running with efficiency by cross-training employees to share duties between facilities and also cross-references existing management systems and observations.

And, of course, she said she keeps her ear peeled for suggestions and ideas that could help her improve her business.

Each facility boasts talented instructors such as 30-year professional Debbie Buenneke, whose contributions to the lives of students have been invaluable, said Baker-Rudd, who avidly praised the instructor in a recent online testimonial.

Parents wholeheartedly agree.

"She always came to work on time, smiling and ready to teach the children creative art, dramatic play and other educational and constructive activities," Tiny Tiny Town mother Tiffinie Garner said of Buenneke. "She is gifted, kind and a great listener. My daughter loves Debbie."

Garner said in addition to Buenneke's gifts in care giving, she provides parents with security in the knowledge she has taken courses in First Aid, SIDS and CPR.

"That gives me — as a parent — a sense of security when I leave my child," Garner said. "By hiring Debbie you can be confident that you are hiring an energetic, reliable, and caring woman."

Tiny Town parent Jennifer Wilson agreed that in a facility already filled with extremely talented and dedicated employees, Buenneke certainly set the standard.

"Debbie is a very special person to all her kids because she puts passion into her job and you can see it in her eyes," Wilson said. "We entrust her with the most precious things we have — our children."


Text Only
Local News
  • Sheriff's officials bust Mixon steroid lab

    About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24., investigators and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence on FM 3052 in the Mixon Community near Bullard.

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: County co-op says many customers may not have power until Friday

    July 24, 2014

  • Old Jville Bearden Store.tif Longtime furniture store changes hands

    For the better part of a century, Bearden Furniture Co., Inc., has been the go-to place for local residents wanting to beautify their home.
    Furniture and accessories, carpeting, window treatments – even electronics at one point – were offered at the Commerce Street store, but on July 1, the family who started Bearden's sold the company to Louisiana-based Ivan Smith Furniture company.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Athens woman confesses to killing daughter

    A 25-year-old mother is in the Henderson County Jail after telling authorities that she had killed her four-year-old daughter, Monday

    July 24, 2014

  • Bullard: District names Jan Hill as deputy superintendent

    Bullard Independent School District is proud to announce Jan Hill as Deputy Superinten-dent. Hill will assume the new role effective immediately.

    July 24, 2014

  • ‘Christmas in July’ drive benefits area foster children

    Sure, December is still more than five months away, but Cherokee County residents are getting the chance to start spreading some holiday cheer a little early this year during the annual Christmas in July donation drive, benefitting the county's Rainbow Room.

    July 24, 2014

  • 2014-2015 Jacksonville Leadership Institute opens enrollment

    What is Jacksonville Leadership Institute?
    Jacksonville Leadership Institute is a program through the Jacksonville, Texas Chamber of Commerce. A new class is formed each September.

    July 24, 2014

  • Jacksonville continues its mosquito spraying schedule

    The City of Jacksonville will continue implementing its summer mosquito spraying program next week by spraying areas 7 and 11.

    July 24, 2014

  • RuskProtestMain.tif Rusk protest highlights views concerning border issues

    Several Texans gathered Saturday in Rusk -- not only to protest the recent federally-sponsored flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S., but to demand state officials to do something about it.
    Nearly 20 concerned citizens gathered at the intersection of U.S. highways 69 and 84 Saturday afternoon, waving flags and hand-lettered signs asking for secure borders and better action on the matter.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • RISD board mulls $16M budget

    Local school board members are considering a $16,671,955 proposed general fund budget for Rusk ISD's upcoming fiscal year – which begins Sept. 1 – but are nowhere near close to adopting the budget, said Lesa Jones, assistant district superintendent for finance and operation.

    July 22, 2014