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Red Room I

Red room I is our infant and toddler classroom. Children 2 weeks through approximately 15 months of age are enrolled in this classroom. The teachers in Red I work on meeting the developmental needs of each individual child.

The infant children’s individual needs are met by feeding and napping on demand. Teachers respond to the individual cues of an infant by developing a secure attachment. Individualized lesson plans are created monthly to enhance the development of infant children. A variety of sensory opportunities are provided daily.
The teachers provide an inviting environment for the toddler child to learn developmentally appropriate skills. We believe that children learn through play. Child –centered activities are available for a long period of the day. Sensory development is explored in various learning opportunities throughout the days. Weekly lesson plans are created to enhance the development of the curious toddler child.
Strong partnerships are developed between parents and teachers to ensure a smooth transition to a home to our child care setting. A private nursing area is provided for all nursing mothers who wish to continue nursing while returning to the workforce.

We believe that the children’s learning takes place not only in the classroom, but outside the classroom as well. Red I has a gazebo designed to create a cozy outdoor play environment for your infant. For the toddler child, an enriched environment both inside and outside the classroom is provided to create more learning experiences possible for your child.


Name: Cheryl Elrod

Position: Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

Experience: I operated my home day care for eight years and then was a Lead Teacher for Head Start. In 2006, I became infant/toddler lead teacher at EduCare Center.

Personal Information: I have been married 11 years to Jeff. We have four children ages 9, 11, 14 & 20. The oldest attends college at Butler.


Name: Miny Swigart

Position: Infant/Toddler Assistant Teacher

Education: I went to high school in Emporia. After being out of high school for 50 years I began Butler Community College and earned my Child Development Associate in Early Childhood.

Experience: I owned a supper club business in Burns, KS for twenty years. For the past nine years, I have worked with children and it is very rewarding.
Personal Information: My family is very important to me spend and we spend as much time as possible together. I have three grown grandchildren and two grandchildren. I like to cook, sew, watch movies and being with my friends.