Newbees Daycare Center opens for business

Facility offers Christian-focused care 

REED CITY — Working parents have a new, Christian-focused option when it comes to their children's day care, as Newbees Daycare Center enters its second week in business.

The six-room facility, owned by and located at the New Beginnings Fellowship school building, opened on Nov. 10 and already has 30 children from the surrounding area enrolled. The idea for the business began when former staff members from another day care center had the desire to open their own facility.

Their search for a qualified director led to Hersey Township resident Courtney Deline, who has a bachelor's degree in special education - elementary education from Michigan State University and a master's degree in curriculum development and education administration. Deline accepted the task and joined the experienced team.

"My son went to day care here in town and I thought this would be a nice way to stay involved," Deline said. "So far, having the center has been really awesome. Our six-member staff has provided day care for at least 10 years and our kids are familiar with the staff and our routine. It's been a nice transition."

All staff and volunteers at Newbees go through a background and qualification check. The center itself is licensed with the Department of Human Services and was inspected by the fire department, health department and state of Michigan to make sure the building is safe, clean and up to code.

A typical day at Newbees begins between 6 and 8 a.m. Activities throughout the day include structured learning time, crafts, outdoor or indoor play time and nap time. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are made in-house, with fresh ingredients purchased from as many local stores as possible. Each food group is represented and portion sizes are small. Children are loving the menu, according to Deline.

"It makes me happy kids can eat healthy food here and they like it," she added. "We try to keep it very balanced."

Evart resident Christi Waldman enrolled her 2-year-old son at the center for social interaction and additional one-on-one attention.

"I appreciate that they are faith-based. That's really important to me," she said. "The staff has a wealth of experience."

Day care staff are wonderful to work with, Waldman added, and is 100 percent happy with the center and what it provides.

Thanks to the help of volunteers from the church and community, Newbees has everything they need. Donations of toys, supplies and other items came pouring in, as well as construction assistance inside the building. Volunteers also help prepare meals and snacks.

"We're very grateful for everything the community has done to get us up and running," Deline added. "It's nice to know we're needed. We've been so blessed to have what we have, but we'd always love more help."

Newbees is licensed to enroll 90 children and they accept infants to those up to the age of 12. Part time, full time and spots in between are available, and the facility's staff is more than willing to show parents amenities they offer and answer questions.

For the foreseeable future, Deline and her fellow staff members expect the best results from having the center available and providing the best care possible.

"It's been a lot of hard work and dedication, but we do it for the kids," Deline said. "The children are the best part."

For more information about Newbees Daycare Center, call (231) 680-5022 or find them on Facebook.