Little Kids, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been serving families on the Upper Cape since 1982! We have a Preschool program, a Pre-K program, and two Infant & Toddler (mixed age group) programs. We are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, caring for children ages four weeks to 7 years. Little Kids is well known for our "family like" atmosphere and friendly staff. We take pride in our school and the work we do, so that we may offer families the highest quality care possible. It's our goal to make our center a place where children are able to; learn, grow, explore, make friends, feel welcome and comfortable with their surroundings, and most of all be loved!
Diane Gummow and her husband Cubby built the school in 1982, and were the owner and operators for just about 30 years! Tammy Inman (formerly Gummow) and her husband Greg, bought the school from her parents in November of 2011 and hope to continue to run the business for another 30 years!! Tammy and Greg aslo came to school here, where they first met in our Pre-K program, which makes their story even better!
Tammy is the Onwer and Director. She has worked at Little Kids, Inc. for over 17years! She is Lead Teacher and Director certified, and has worked in every classroom. She spent her first 11 years at LKI in our Main I/T group, working as a loving teacher and caregiver. She now has a daughter and son of her own, Fia and Ryder, who are students in both of our I/T groups! Tammy is a hands on Director who likes to spend time in the classrooms, more so than in her office! She focuses on; creating welcoming, clean, and safe learning environments, having open, honest and frequent communication between staff and families, and meeting the needs of each individual child and family we serve. She strives to create long lasting, meaningful relationships with all our families, making LKI a great school and family to be a part of!
Preschool & Pre-K Staff!
Mary Batt, Jayme Garvey, and Krislyn Antonellis are the teachers in our Preschool Program. Mary is Lead Teacher certified and has worked here for over 7 years! She spent her first years with us in our I/T class, but is happy to now be in our Preschool, which is where her heart is! She is a hard worker and very dedicated teacher! You may also see her working at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Falmouth some nights..... she is always busy! Mary is a very active and hands on teacher, who truly loves her work and her children. She is always looking for new classes, ideas, and activities to keep her little ones learning new things, while having fun at the same time. Jayme started here in September 2011, coming to us from Colorado! She has her degree in Elementary Education and her teacher certification for K-8. She moved back to the cape to be with her family and is looking forward to a new teaching experience with our Preschool kids! She has only been here a short time, yet it seems like she has been here forever! Jayme is a very caring teacher, who you may often see hugging a child or sitting with a little friend on her lap. The children and families warmed up to her very quickly.
Krislyn joined us in December of 2012, coming to us from another center where she worked for 9 years! Having had 9 years experience, and being Lead Teacher certified as well, she has been a wonderful addition to our school! She has her Bachelor's in Education and is a very enthusiastic, friendly, caring teacher. The children took about a day to think she has been part of the school for years! Mary, Jayme, and Krislyn are dedicated to teaching, love their children very much, and make a great team!
Renee Stephens and Nancy Miselis are our Pre-K teachers. Renee has worked here for over 7 years (starting out as a teacher's aide after school), and has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education! She is a hands on, fun, energetic, and caring teacher who truly shows a love for her job and for the children she cares for. She is very much loved by all of our families.
Nancy was our Preschool teacher for 7 years! She was the lead teacher in Preschool when Renee started working after school. After a few short years away, she is BACK!! Nancy has her Master's in Education and started working again at LKI in September of 2012. We are truly happy to have her back at "home", and the children and families will learn why! Nancy and Renee are a fabulous team, and compliment eachother quite well. All of our pre-k students go off to their Kindergarten year, fully prepared and ready for "big kid" school!
Our Infant and Toddler Staff!
Jennifer Rousseau and Kaitlyn Raftery are the teachers in our Main Infant/Toddler Group. Jen has been with us for over 4 years, and travels to work here from New Bedford! She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a BA in Sociology. She is also Director certified. She had previously worked with older children, but has really shown us that the Infant and Toddler group is where she belongs! She is always pleasant and smiling, and shows great attention to detail. The children adore her, and she is truly a hard worker.
Kaitlynn recently started here in December of 2012! She is working full time with Jen, and also going to school to pursue her degree in Early Childhood Education! She is quiet, smiley, and very sweet, and she really LOVES babies!! The children took to her very quickly and every time you go in the classroom she is either playing with the kids or holding a baby:-) I think our families would agree that Kaitlynn and Jen make a wonderful team! Many people refer their friends to Little Kids because of the care their babies receive.
Shannon Lynds and Sarah Jaquith are the teachers in our "Front House" I/T group. Shannon has been with us for over 7 years! She is currently Lead teacher certified and is going to school working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves ART- especially glitter- and loves to keep her room very "festive". She is friendly, creative, fun, and loves her work! Shannon often becomes attached to her children, as much as they become attached to her! She loves all her children and families very much, and often gets visits from "past" students. Sarah started working here in September of 2011, after observing in our classrooms for her Early Education Practicum. . She mostly worked in our Pre-K group last year, but when a full time position opened up in our Infant group, she jumped on it! She is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Ed, and is also a MOM! Her daughter McKenna is in our Preschool group. She is very creative, and is constantly thinking of new things to do! Her and Shannon compliment eachother very nicely. They keep the kids busy!! Sarah is also another one who loves working with infants. You never have to worry about your little one, when they are with Sarah and Shannon. They make a great team!
More Friendly Faces!
Sabrina Kanaley, Janet Stevens, Donna Lynds, and Bonnie Gummow,teach in all of our classrooms. Sabrina is a teacher's assistant who currently attends the Upper Cape Vocational School, studying to be a boat mechanic! She is very sweet and has a wonderful way with the children! She works a few afternoons each week, mainly in our I/T groups, but is comfortable helping out with any age group. She started in September of 2010, quickly becoming a valued member of our LKI family.
Janet started working here about a year ago, and helps out in our Infant/Toddler groups! She enjoys spending time with the little ones, and being able to hold babies. She is very pleasant and works well with just about anyone. Janet has one daughter, Lindsey, who is all grown up... and is also a gym instructor at a local gym. The children and teachers look forward to their time with Janet! Donna Lynds works about 4 days a week, covering lunch breaks in all of our classrooms. She is very loved by all of our children!!! "Donna is here!" is usually what you will here when she enters a room. Donna is Shannon's mom. She will also help out, should someone be out sick or take a vacation day. Donna loves playing games, music time, and reading stories with the children. We love her!
Bonnie has helped out at Little Kids over the past 7 years! She is aslo a nurse at Falmouth Hospital and our Health Care Consultant. Bonnie may be seen working in any of our classrooms, especially during school breaks! She is very smiley and energetic! Bonnie is also a gym instructor at local gyms; teaching spinning classes, group power classes, and step classes. If you need a good work out, she is your girl.
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