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Best Child Care: KIDZ MINISTRY

• 2545 Third Street, Ceres • 523-KIDZ •

Best Child Care: KIDZ MINISTRY

Kidz Ministry Foundation has opened a new infant care center at 2545 Third Street north of the Ceres Library in downtown. Pictured outside the building are owner and founder Brenda Cabrera, aide Jo...

POSTED February 26, 2014 3:28 p.m.
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Kidz Ministry, a new infant care center in Ceres, doesn't exactly fit the norm. For starters, the Christian based center, operated by the Kidz Ministry Foundation, offers services to families for the care of six weeks to two year olds.

Filling a niche with good service is the reason the center was voted the favorite childcare provider in Ceres by readers of the Ceres Courier.

Also setting the business apart is they offer Saturday service.

They also accept what government pays social services recipients without making parents cough up the difference.
"We can structure our fees to help parents," said Director/owner Brenda Cabrera. "A lot of the schools will accept the government aid and then the difference between the aid and what their rates are they will charge. We don't do that."

Cabrera said the center is fully staffed with credentialed employees.

"I have a full staff," said Cabrera, who has been a director in the Bay Area for about five years.
The center has 12 children for the 15 licensed slots making room for three more. Cabrera has plans to grow services to care for 2 to 6 years old "as soon as we can."
"We're pretty full and trying to expand into a preschool," said Cabrera who is trying to find a second location somewhere in Ceres.

The center is located in an 880-square-foot former home building at 2545 Third Street, to the north of the Ceres Library. Services are offered weekdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays. Cabrera said services can range from part-time mornings to full-time five or six days a week.
"We are very flexible," she said.

Hourly drop-offs and rates are available.

Kidz is licensed with the state of California Department of Social Services as an infant center and declares that its purpose is to "provide a high-quality, safe and nurturing environment for young children and families throughout the community with a Christian emphasis."
Objectives include building a trusting relationship with children and their families, maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all children which allows them to explore and engage in a variety of activities designed to promote growth and development, and providing developmentally age appropriate activities that are based on individual abilities and interests.
Cabrera, who has a degree in Child Development, said the center's teachers are nurturing and responsive to needs of all the children and that a home atmosphere is provided that allows teachers to observe how each child's day is progressing. Accurate daily log books are used as one way of sharing information with parents about their child's day.

Cabrera tried a year to get a preschool up and running in Riverbank but met with a series of obstacles, including City Hall. But the city of Ceres was very accommodating "every step of the way," she said. While Ceres has 60 licensed day cares, there were only 24 licensed infant spots, making Ceres ripe for need.

"I know the Lord put me here for a reason," said Cabrera. "It's a good feeling."

Lisa Yankovich, who has a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, is the site supervisor. Erica Gil, Tatiana Rivas and Rosanna Thomas are teachers while Joddie Zuroff, and Lisa Lomas are all aides.

For more information on the center visit or call 538-3911.



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Christine: 2 years, 5 months ago

Child development help children not only to build up self esteem but also become independent in various enviornment. At early age this is frist time where they start learning.

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