Center staff became family

Center Director Kelly Kramer gets one last hug with Shane before he transitions out of her center.

Center Director Kelly Kramer gets one last hug with Shane before he transitions out of her center.

Center Director Kelly Kramer from McMurray, Pennsylvania, share a heartfelt letter from the Mellingers, a family that’s preparing for their youngest child to transition out of the center. After years of bonding with the teachers and staff, the Mellingers feel like their saying goodbye to their “third family.”

“I love this family and can’t imagine our center without him,” said Kelly. “I had both children in the infant room and have had the pleasure of watching them both grow up. They are going to truly be missed.”

Here’s the letter the Mellingers shared with the McMurray staff as they prepared to transition out of the center this week.

Although there are many people who love our children, the care and affection that each and every one of you brought to Shane is beyond words. My husband and I balled our eyes out the first day we had to drop off our first child, Makaela. I have never experienced such high anxiety in my life as I did that day. Placing the care of your child in someone else’s hands is difficult, but to build trust with complete strangers is even harder. It takes a village to raise a child, but it was reassuring to see Makaela blossom into a diverse young girl with the assistance of supportive teaching staff. When it came [time] to place Shane into daycare, it was a no-brainer to stay with KinderCare.

Thank you for always smiling when Shane walked in the door. You made him feel welcomed, loved, safe, and a part of another family.

Thank you for appropriately oohing and aahing over each word or artifact Shane would bring in for show-n-tell. He loved showing off the letter of the week with a cool toy, book, t-shirt, or stuffed animal.

Shane is ready for a lap around the playground.

Shane is ready for a lap around the playground.

Thank you for being patient and sympathetic. I know that there are days that you are absolutely exhausted, and the last thing you want to do is manage 12 three- and four-year-old children running amok around a small enclosed space threatening to dump every bin of toys onto the rug. Still, you never throw your hands in the air and sit them all in front of an electronic device.

Thank you for providing a variety of learning activities for Shane to take part in. The curriculum and lesson plans developed by the staff were outstanding and meaningful to the children. We also had an amazing opportunity to expose Shane to other avenues of learning, such as Phonics, Music and Me, and Soccer Shots.

Thank you for always being available to help us in challenging times. You were always there when we were in a bind with our changing schedules and when we needed an extra day of care. Shane has experienced a few medical issues in his four years of life and you were always there for us, but especially for him. With his broken leg at one-and-a-half, medicine with all of his colds and bacterial pneumonia, MRSA, and recently his broken clavicle, you always gave him extra love and care.

But most importantly, thank you for loving my children between the hours of 7:30 and 4:30. Because you did this, I was able to enjoy teaching and provide for my loving family.

I do not want to say goodbye. I wish everyone the best and you truly were our third family.

Thank you, a thousand times, thank you!

Sincerely,

The Mellinger family

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