Little Sprouts Child Development Center Hires Director, Center Receives $10,000 Grant From Department Of Health

PENDER – With the completion date for the new Community Center being built just north of Pender Community Hospital for October, the Little Sprouts Child Development Center is planned to start in November of this year.

Announced last Thursday, Andrea Gibson has been named the Director of the new Little Sprouts Child Development Center.

Gibson talks about her role as Director amongst working on the policies and procedures for the Development Center.

“I will be in charge of hiring the teachers and paras for the classrooms,” said Gibson. “Then I will be in charge of all that staff and the everyday routines of the Center.”

The job descriptions are currently being worked on for the teacher and para applications. Openings will start in late August, early September as 10 total teachers/paras will be hired.

There will be three different classrooms with a maximum of 40 children. Eight infants (six weeks – 18 months), 12 toddlers (18 months – three years) and 20 preschoolers (three to five years).

A Solider, Iowa native, Gibson graduated from South Dakota State University and earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education and Human Services with a minor in Sociology.

Recently she was a Supervisor of the Learning for Life Program for Monona County Public Health, based out of Onawa, Iowa.

“I was responsible for overseeing the family support staff in three different counties in Iowa,” Gibson added. “I was there for four years before taking on this position. So, I’m very excited to begin working as a Director here (Pender Community Hospital).”

The mission of Little Sprouts Child Development Center is to provide high quality care in the community through, safe and secure environment, strengthening families, play based approach, accessible care and developmentally appropriate practice.

Gibson is starting her second full week as she is trying to figure what is done and what still needs to be finished while digging her way through their success plan.

The main goal is to fill the rooms.

“Hopefully we can get the 40 kids in our Center and then just making sure that it’s very welcoming for the kids,” Gibson mentioned. “At first it’s going to be a little bit of a change since they haven’t ever been in the building.”

Work is still in the making, but there will be an Open House prior to the opening of the Little Sprouts Child Development Center.

Also, on Monday of this week, the Little Sprouts Child Development Center was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Little Sprouts Child Development Center is an affiliated entity of Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Live Center located at 200 Valley View Drive in Pender.

The Community Center will be located at 614 Main Street and the Little Sprouts Child Development Center has a 10-year lease agreement with the Pender Community Hospital. For those interested in donating to the Child Development Center, they can send their donations to 200 Valley Drive, Pender, NE 68047.

To contact Andrea Gibson, call 402-385-1906 or to contact Pender Community Hospital, call 402-385-3083.

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