"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child."
- Magda Gerber
Shine Nurture Center was founded in January of 2015 by Katie McGoron, who had a dream of opening a childcare center where children could play outside, eat healthy food, and be respected as humans. Katie’s goal was to have Shine be less of a daycare, and more like a “Nurture Center.” At the time, she had 2 young daughters of her own and was feeling frustrated and disappointed by the lack of developmentally appropriate childcare options.
The components of healthy childcare are simple:
Lots of free time (most of it outside)
Free choice (inappropriately stimulating environments)
Healthy foods (no added sugar, limit processed foods - set the children up for success)
A loving atmosphere where people treat each other with respect (no baby talk, no manipulation, bribes, or threats).
Though the ingredients are simple, the execution proved to be more difficult. Through all the many bumps in the road and learning curves (permits, taxes, licensing, high turnover in the field), Shine began to grow within the community and hold true to Katie’s initial priorities- high-quality childcare that puts the children first.
By 2018 Katie had reduced the operating hours to provide more consistent care for the children. This major change set us up for years of future success. The children were happier, the budget was less stretched, and she was able to recruit and retain better trained and educated teachers that aligned with Shine’s values. These teachers are the foundation of the program.
Over the years, we made - and continue to make - improvements to our little, homey building. Every year's group of families contributes to the growth and development of the center, whether through enrolling their children at Shine and trusting us with their care, providing feedback & support, volunteering on workdays, or through donations and stepping up when we make a holiday wish list.
In January of 2022, Shine Nurture Center became Shine Nurture Center Cooperative! We are now an employee-owned co-op, consisting of four teachers and an admin. We have all worked with Katie, the founder, and share her holistic, nature-based views. As we continue through 2022 we expect challenges, but mostly growth! No matter what happens, we are committed to high-quality childcare. We hope to grow, improve, and flourish for the families and children that walk through our doors for many years to come.