it's Kids Time owner Jonna Keledjian checks in with Natalie Mulert, 4, left, and Kaylin Keledjian, 4, at the Tick Tock preschool. Photo by Roberta Long

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it’s Kids Time in Town Center

By From page A3 | November 07, 2012

What are parents to do with little children when their working hours are irregular, they have no family members or nannies to cover for them, and daycare hours are not flexible?

That was the situation Jonna Keledjian of El Dorado Hills faced daily with her three children — Ashlyn, now 10; Lauren, 7; and Kaylin, 4.

In January 2011 she opened it’s Kids Time for parents like herself. “It’s untraditional,” said Jonna K, as she calls herself. “I wanted to create something that works for today’s parents. It’s my twist on childcare.”

it’s Kids Time cares for children from 18 months to 12 years. It is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The space is segmented into areas for toddlers, preschoolers, group activities, special activities and outdoor activities in an enclosed area.

A line of iPads lay on a long counter in a private corner. “I got rid of the laptops,” said Jonna. “The kids love the iPads. They use the them for drawing, games, math Bingo, Lego, Harry Potter and a lot more.

“I always wanted to be in Town Center,” she added. “This is boutique childcare with an open look and view of the water. It’s easy to get to, right off Highway 50.” it’s Kids Time is located at 4363 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 110.

it’s Kids Time has a full professional preschool program called Tick for preschool for 3- and 4-year-old children. There are two sessions: one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the other on Tuesday and Thursday, both from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Other services are full- or part-time daycare, drop-in hourly childcare and extended day. it’s Kids Time has 10 staff members. Jonna said she hired teachers, aides and childcare workers who are personable and enjoy playing with the kids.

Jonna has integrated her childcare with other businesses in Town Center. Preschool children regularly walk to Face in a Book for storytime. On Mother’s Day the children have a tea party in the rose garden by the lake.

The day is structured with activities, meals and snacks so that children and parents know what to expect when they come to it’s Kids Time. For children who are staying late, dinner is at 6, followed by a movie on the 110-inch screen. Jonna said she provides evening childcare for parents who have meetings, church activities or other requirements.

Transportation to Oak Meadow, Silva Valley and Brooks elementary schools is arranged from and to it’s Kids Time. Children coming after school have quiet time and staff to help with their homework. “They can do their homework here and have time to spend with their families when they get home,” said Jonna.

We also have children from Cameron Park and Folsom, she added.

Jonna designed the fee structure to be as flexible as possible, from an hourly rate for one child to long-term childcare for siblings.

Before opening her own business, Jonna worked in afterschool programs for a school district and was general manager of a gym. She has a master’s degree in school counseling from National University.

Opening it’s Kids Time “just fell into my hands. Owning my own business is exciting,” Jonna said. “Creating a daycare business that meets the needs of today’s parents and children is fulfilling.”

She knows each child and the parents. Her message to parents is, “As owner and director of it’s Kids Time I honor the trust you place in us when you put your precious child in our hands and that guides us every day.”

For more information visit www.itskidstime.com or call (916) 932-8463.

Roberta Long

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