“We were bursting at the seams,” It’s Kids Time owner Jonna Keledjian said of the decision to expand her drop-in childcare center to a second location. It’s Kids Time in the Palladio celebrated its grand opening Aug. 1.
Since December 2010, It’s Kids Time in El Dorado Hills Town Center has offered preschool programs, full-time and hourly, drop-in care for children up to age 12. The preschool program at the Folsom location starts Monday, Aug. 18.
Parents can check in their children online or in person. It’s Kids Time collects all the pertinent food, medical and contact information and a computer generated sticky label displaying the child’s name, age and any medical alerts is ready as soon as they arrive.
El Dorado Hills mom of four Shelly Neal’s two youngest sons, Gavin, 7, and Grayson, 3, often play at It’s Kids Time and said she looks forward to the new location.
“We use It’s Kids Time often,” Neal said. “In fact, the boys were just there for two hours yesterday. I use it for Grayson a lot when I want to work at my boys’ school. I’ll use it for sure when I run Folsom errands too. For one kid, it’s the same price as a babysitter and my kids love it.”
Mother of two Katy Oreskes is also excited about the expansion.
“I’ve used It’s Kids Time many times and my 4-year-old, David, loves it,” she said. “I’m in Folsom for much of my shopping, so I’m sure I’ll take advantage of the Folsom location. I like the convenience; it’s available in a pinch. Jonna, the owner, is a sweetheart, and a mom who lives in the area. I love supporting local business.”
Keledjian chose the Palladio location because business has been so successful in Town Center. “I like how we set up It’s Kids Time in El Dorado Hills,” she said. “I like that it’s in a shopping area. There’s a movie theatre nearby, salons, restaurants and more. Many Town Center employees also leave their children with us.”
The biggest difference between the two locations is space. The Folsom location is bigger at nearly 4,000 square feet and licensed to house up to 72 children at once. Keledjian is excited about the larger outdoor play area and infants as young as six weeks old may be cared for at the new location.
Technology remains important to Keledjian. “There’s a lot of technology in this little building,” she said. TVs are pre-loaded with games like Angry Birds. There are iPad minis and a theater set up for Friday and Saturday movie nights. Because safety is their top priority, they also have surveillance cameras in and outside the building.
“We offer whatever you need as a parent,” Keledjian added when discussing how flexibility is important to her customers and she understands this firsthand. The idea to open her own childcare business came when her three older daughters, now ages 6, 8 and 12, were at three different daycares. She just welcomed her fourth daughter this spring. “Plus, now I can take my kids to work,” she said with a smile.
It’s Kids Time is sectioned by infants/toddlers, preschool and school age. The older children have access to after-school homework helpers and free transportation to and from local school sites.
Two complimentary snacks are provided each day. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase.
“Parents tell me we’re personable, friendly, clean and have a great staff,” said Keledjian.
Families pay an annual registration fee. For drop-in care there is an hourly charge per child with a decreasing price for subsequent siblings. It’s Kids Time in Folsom is located at 250 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1301. For hours and more information call (916) 932-8463.