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