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Featured Child Care Business Owner: Joy Swayby Owner of Keep-A-Kid Family Home Child Care


Earlier this week, I noticed  that I needed two more cots after enrolling seven children during the month of January. So I decided to call local daycare providers that were on my Networking list and Ms. Joy was the first provider that I called. She had some extra cots, so I decided to stop by her new daycare location.

When I walked into Ms. Joy’s home, I was amazed at the colors, organization and creativity of the space.

In fact, I really loved the fact that Ms. Joy’s Child Care space was well maintained and how she utilized her entire home to allow enough space for the children.

Furthermore, I asked Ms. Joy if I could take photos of the neat items and spaces that I saw in her daycare and she replied sure! So, I thought I would share  those photos with you. Check out the photos below:

Love this sign!


The best payment box that I have ever seen!


Loved how Ms. Joy displays her menu!


Cool entry way to the kitchen area


Time out or as Ms. Joy calls it..”Chill Out Chair”


Changing Table Mounted on the wall.


Love the organization!


Very festive safety gate at the kitchen doorway.


I hope that this blog post has been as inspiration for you and I look forward to reading your thoughts about this month’s featured Child Care Business Owner!

Ms. Joy is a 24-hour State Licensed Family Home Provider Living in St. Ann, MO. Be sure to visit Ms. Joy’s Website  Also, Ms. Joy is a Fitness instructor for PhatgurlFit! Classes held @ Feel Good Fitness – 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd – St.Louis Outlet Mall (Mills) Across from Nike – PhatGurl Fit schedule is Tues thru Sat 7:00pm till 7:45pm –  Connect with Ms. Joy on Facebook!

Do you have a cool space or ideas to share with other child care business owners. Email your photos and your story to me at


A Berry Delicious Snack Time With a Patriotic Parfait

Could you use more snack ideas?  Are you ready to have a Patriotic Snack time?

Today I want to share a patriotic snack idea that will get you and the children in a Patriotic Mood!

Every Summer, I look forward to observing lots of mouth watering and enriching cooking activities in my classrooms. In fact, at my center, our theme during the week of the 4th of July is Patriotic fun and it is a great week for a patriotic snack.

Today I am going to share with you, one of my favorite Summer Time snacks/recipes; “The Patriotic Parfait.” You will find the recipe below. Be sure to pass it on by clicking the share buttons below. Enjoy!

What you will need



Whip Cream

Crumbled Graham Crackers

A plastic clear cup

Make it

Encourage each child to add a scoop of blueberries to their cup, then add some strawberries, crumble a graham cracker over the berries, then squeeze whip cream on the top of the parfait; add a small flag and enjoy!

Does this snack meet Child Adult and Food Program Guidelines?

Yes it does! Be sure to serve the required serving of fruit and the graham cracker is a credible grain or bread. To be sure that this snack is  healthy and low in fat, choose a low-fat whip cream!


*** If you have children in care that are allergic to berries, consider making a jello patriotic parfait. click here


With a Patriotic Snack in mind!


For more healthy menu ideas, be sure to check out  the Preview copy of my Healthy Child Care Menus ebook!

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