Salvation Army Peoria Daycare is committed to helping families

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – From six weeks to six years old, the Salvation Army office in Peoria is committed to helping children and parents.

“Our Salvation Army center here in Peoria is the oldest operating child care center in Peoria, for over 85 years,” said Major Heath Sells.

The center prepares children for kindergarten and accepts children from families of all financial conditions.

“We are really focused on providing a stimulating learning environment for children. Prepare them for kindergarten, ”said Child Care Director Tenisha Brooks. “[We’re] make this link with parents so that home and school [are] United. “

Brooks said many parents have been looking for help recently while they are looking for a job.

“[These are] families who are really looking for employment opportunities but can’t afford to babysit because they don’t have a job, ”said Brooks. “And with Childcare Connection making this change, this will be the perfect time for parents who are actively seeking employment to find childcare.”

Major Sells said some parents choose the center because they like the program, and others because they need the help provided by the Salvation Army.

“Our commitment is to continue to get kids ready for kindergarten, both academically, socially and by working with our parents so they know when they come here that their kids have a safe place. and an environment that will foster their continued development. “said Major Sells.

Rachael Cansino said she took her child to the center every day before going to work as the tri-county social services director at the Salvation Army office.

“So I was trying to really find him a good daycare, and it was really difficult,” she said. “When I accepted my job here at The Salvation Army, I was so excited that they had daycare. ”

Cansino said the program has been wonderful for his family.

“It has been so helpful that we have supported each other,” she said.

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