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Wee Care 24-hour child care center to relocate

Melissa Topey • Feb 23, 2013 at 6:25 AM

This little catchphrase was found on a piece of paper recently posted inside

1925 Barker St., the new digs for Wee Care Day Care & Early Learning Center.

Owner Rene Newell knows this message would be entirely appropriate posted on the main doors.

“It was much needed in the community for a safe place,” Newell said. “Daycares don’t always have a good name. I wanted parents to know their kids were in safe hands.”

Newell, who started Wee Care Day Care in March 2005, said a growing need for space prompted her move to the new location.

The daycare is leaving a crowded and noisy location on Cleveland Road. The old place had just a single large room, with partitions creating spaces to segment age groups.

The new location, a former Sandusky Schools building, has individual rooms for separate age groups, from infants to 14-year-olds.

The new property also has a great playground for children, a nice change from the the old location, where children play outside in a small space.

After a March 2 grand opening, the daycare will offer childcare 24 hours a day, meeting a growing need for parents who work second- or third-shift jobs.

Newell currently has 19 employees, a few of whom have already agreed to work the midnight shift.   

The center’s workers will feed the children breakfast, send them off to school and pick them up. If a child is sick or having problems at school, one of Newell’s employees can pick up the child as long as the parent makes arrangements with the school beforehand.

With parental approval, the children can also accompany Newell to Sunday church services at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church on Columbus Avenue.

In the end, Wee Care is about much more than babysitting — it’s about teaching the children and preparing them for school and life.

One program, “I am girl,” allows girls ages 8 to 14 to discuss issues important to them: independence, life skills and business concepts. Wee Care is also starting a similar program for boys, suitably titled, “I am boy.”

The daycare center’s logo states: “It’s All About The Kids.”

“You become more than a babysitter,” Newell said. “To borrow a saying, ‘You are training them up.’”

Wee Care Day Care & Early Learning Center

Where: 1925 Barker St., off Mills Street and Tiffin Avenue

Hours: 24-hour daycare center, starting March 2


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