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Mary Murphy retires

Maegan Lokteff, PhD
Special to the Sky-Hi News

For a little over three decades young children have been entering the home of Mary Murphy on a daily basis. During their time in home they are loved, nurtured, kept safe, and provided with exciting learning opportunities in a family setting. Mary Murphy is a licensed Family Child Care Provider and after 37 year is retiring from her home-grown child care business.

"This job is rewarding, to be a part the lives of great families and children, to provide security and a strong support system in the early years. I love family child care because it's family with mixed ages. Parents share with me that their kid's relationships continue long after leaving my care. As a licensed provider I was able to become incorporated and create a retirement plan as well as access the protection and insurance needed to have children in my home."

Miss Mary's job and business is also important. She has been a part of our Grand County community, providing care, love, and education for hundreds of children while their parents are at work. Miss Mary was one only a handful of licensed family child care providers to be recognized as high quality by the statewide quality rating and improvement system, Colorado Shines. She has always been committed to providing the very best care and following the best business practices she could for the children and families she has welcomed into her home.

Jennifer Fanning, a current Miss Mary parent shared, "My husband and I chose licensed family child care because while we have to work full-time outside the home, it is the closest to a family environment that we want our child to spend her early years in. Licensed child care, especially in-home family childcare, is important to me as a parent. To know that my child is in a supportive, educational, and safe environment. I also know that licensed child care providers have to go through training, site visits, and inspections as part of the annual licensing requirements. This gives me peace of mind that my child is in the best possible place when I can't be there with her. Mrs. Mary is a very special person. She has an unlimited amount of patience, and a special connection with the littles. She truly accepts the kids into her home and her life, and makes them feel like they are so special. She also is so supportive of their social, educational, and personal development. It makes a huge difference to this mom!"

When parents return to work it can be a scary challenge finding child care. Everyone has heard "horror stories" from friends or family members. The reality is licensed child care has to follow strict rules set forward by the state and welcome annual unannounced inspections of their programs. For family child care programs, this means welcoming strangers into your home. But, as Miss Mary highlights, it is also a labor of love. And there are people to help! Grand Beginnings, the local child care resource and referral agency, has supports, scholarships and grants available to help the next generation of licensed family child care providers grow their business and ensure our children are in safe and caring environments just like Miss Marys!.

A celebration of Mary's retirement will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 at Polhaums Park in Granby The rain location is Mountain Parks Electric Community Room.

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To learn more about becoming a licensed family home provider, please contact Grand Beginnings 970-725-3391.

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