This letter is in response to an article that was written recently regarding the Little Dreamers daycare. We wanted to defend the daycare, and its owner and teachers, as we think they have been misrepresented in that article.
Our little boy started going to the daycare when he was 12 months old, in 2009. We looked at day homes and daycares and even called one of our friends who works at childcare services researching to find the best place. Like all parents of babies who have to go back to work, we can tell you that this is no small task. We are parents, like most, who want the best for our kids, and we wanted our boy to be happy and loved wherever he went, especially since it was so hard to leave him and go back to work.
The first time we walked into Little Dreamers, we were delighted to see that the space was bright and happy and full of happy babies and kids. It was a warm and welcoming place, and Lori and all the teachers were so friendly. We felt great about the place.
Over the years at Little Dreamers, we have built a great, open relationship with Lori as well as all the teachers. You can tell that they all love what they do and have a real commitment to caring for kids. Our boy is what you would call very busy, and we have had some hurdles to jump with him, both at home and at daycare. Without all the help and advice that Little Dreamers has provided, we would have been completely lost.
We know that kids get hurt, whether they are in our care or the care of others. That’s just life with kids. No one goes through this world without a few scrapes and bumps, and our boy has had his fair share, both at home and at daycare!
We have never had a time when our boy has come home with a scrape or bruise or whatever that we weren’t made aware of. We have signed accident reports even for the smallest of ouches.
We have gotten phone calls for fevers and stomach aches and coughs and knowing that someone is paying attention and knows when our little guy is not feeling well, or just not up to par on a certain day, makes us feel so great. We know they all love our boy and we leave him, everyday, knowing he is safe and taken care of.
So please, Yukon News, don’t slander our daycare! You’ve obviously been fed some lies and jumped for the dramatic story, which disappoints us greatly, having been supporters of your paper. Next time you write a story, use the tools of journalism, like research, follow up and, most importantly, getting both sides of the story. Stop behaving like a tabloid and remember that you are a newspaper.
Erin and Eddy Dixon
Editor’s note: The Yukon News made repeated efforts to contact the daycare owner prior to publication. She has so far declined to comment.