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August 6, 2013 > Kidango facility celebrates 10 year anniversary

Kidango facility celebrates 10 year anniversary

Submitted By Gisela Hernandez

Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Kidango's Washington Township Child Care Center (Little Washington Township) celebrated the anniversary of a ten year partnership, improving early education for hundreds of Fremont and Tri-City children. Kidango, a Fremont-based nonprofit that manages more than 50 preschools in five counties, has operated the Little Washington Township Childcare Center on the Washington Hospital campus since 2003. Serving more than 70 children and their families each year, the center provides high quality early learning and education opportunities for infants, toddlers and pre-school children.

In an emotional ceremony on July 31, parents and those who have participated in the growth and success of "Little Washington Township" watched children play in the facility and listened as officials spoke of its effect on the community and citizens - young and old - as a safe and meaningful resource.

"The center is of great benefit to our employees, physicians and associated staff, especially those who are juggling a professional life and raising children," said Nancy Farber, Chief Executive Officer of Washington Hospital Healthcare System. "There are not many organizations today that have onsite childcare centers for their employees. Over the past decade, Little Washington Township has been helping us attract and retain talented health care professionals which are a benefit to the District we serve."

"The quality of learning and social experiences a child achieves in their earliest years leaves an indelible impact that resonates throughout their lives," said Paul Miller, Executive Director of Kidango. "No other agency provides research-based care and education as well as Kidango's centers. And we are tremendously grateful for Washington Hospital's leadership and enduring commitment to supporting Little Washington Township and serving the children in our community. Washington has long been a partner to Kidango and we are proud to stand with them in delivering a high quality preschool focusing on child development in the Tri-City area."

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison spoke of the facility's direct effect on his family then turned the microphone over to his son, Bryce, to speak about his own Kidango experiences and love for the Little Washington Township facility. President of Washington Township Healthcare District Board of Directors, Dr. William Nicholson, reminisced about a revisit to his pre-school and the positive effect it had on his life.

Kidango preschools promote bonds between adults and children, respect and honor for the diversity of families served and childhood social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. As ceremonial speeches came to an end and cake was served, the facility came alive with organized games and activities, face painting and self-directed fun. The sound of laughter and kids enjoying their own special place was the only endorsement necessary.

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