Our Little Story
My name is Patricia (Patti/Miss Patti) Mack; I am a mother of three wonderful children, Greg Jr. (US Marine Corp.), Jenna (Medical Assistant & Mother), and Linden (Student), and wife to a wonderful husband John. I have been taking care of children since I was 14 years old (1988). Our family has a few animals 1 dog, (Huck) and 1 cat (Snickers). Our whole family enjoys being around children. My passion is children and teaching them all I can. I attended Clark College and focused on Early Childhood Education. I have a lot of first hand knowledge and book smarts when it comes to children and the way they learn and grow. You can never stop learning about how children explore, learn, and grow. I hope my place becomes your child’s “safe haven”. I want to become someone you both can trust. I am an exuberant and down to earth person. I am not afraid to get on the floor or get dirty. I have many references available upon request. If you ever have any other questions about me or my family, please ask.
I believe a child’s early experiences enrich and stimulate future growth. Children deserve to be treated and respected as individuals in an environment that welcomes reason, exploration, question, and imagination. I respect each child’s need for love, security, acceptance, warmth, and stimulation.
While in my care, your child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, which promote all aspects of development. Family childcare provides children with the experiences and comfort of belonging to an extended family.
Hours of Operation
Miss Patti’s Place is open from 6 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Hours of care will be contracted from child to child. No childcare will be provided on Saturdays and Sundays or on the following holidays. Please allow yourself time to sign your child in and out, go to the rest room and talk about your child’s day. Before 6 am and after 5:30 pm Miss Patti’s Place is closed, so I may have family time, make necessary doctor appointments, attend school functions & sporting events.
Holidays that Miss Patti’s Place will be closed:
Memorial Day, Fourth of July, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and 10 business days per year for personal Vacation Days
I participate in the Catholic Children and Family Services Food Program. I provide nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for your child.
Breakfast is 7:45 to 8:30
AM Snack is 10 to 10:30
Lunch is 12:00 to 1:00
PM Snack is 3:45 to 4:30
Age appropriate activities are scheduled with flexibility, allowing the children to respond and to develop on their time. I will offer times for outside play, crafts, stories, instruction, and naps appropriate to the child’s age, interest, and abilities. I will provide your child with tender loving care: build a trusting relationship, understanding, patience, and guidance in a happy family setting, chores such as picking up, setting the table, putting dishes in the dish tub, and will be part of he/she’s day. Free play is an important part of a child’s early years. It is here that they learn social skills that will be needed the rest of their lives.
What I as a provider expect from you, the parent
Open communication and collaboration to clearly and carefully present your wishes and expectations on how your child will be cared for. Also, provide updates on the progress or problems that your child is making. Good communication helps us work together in the best interest of your child. This includes being honest about how you believe the arrangement is working. Although you need to be vigilant to safeguard your child, you should trust me as your childcare provider to do the best for your child. Show you trust by asking questions rather than jumping to conclusions when apparent problems develop. Realize that taking care of children is a job and that not only am I a worker, but also a working parent. Recognize that this is not a mere task but rather a profession, I am not “just a Babysitter”. Finally, I’m here to aid you in the development of your child, I’m not a replacement and therefore should not be asked to mature attributes you are unwilling to work with your child yourself.