CALUMET - At Neal's Home Day Care, children are like family.
Picnics in the park. Visits to Quincy Mine. Planting in the garden.
"We do the kinds of everyday activities a family would do," Wendy Neal said. "The kids just love it and so do we."
Wendy and her husband Terry Neal have been in business for going on 22 years. They operate the day care out of their Laurium home for children ages 4 months to 5 years. Once the children enter school, Wendy said they encourage parents to look into utilizing the Great Exploration Program at CLK Schools.
"Here, it's all about the kids and everything they want to learn and grow from," Wendy said.
As a group, Wendy said they do all sorts of fundraising efforts on the local, national and even international level, having raised funds for Hurricane Katrina, C-L-K Food Pantry, and Relay for Life, to name a few.
"We coordinated a fundraiser for C-L-K Elementary School," she said. "The new sign is located by the entry doors of the elementary school."
Participating in community events and fundraising efforts teaches the kids the importance of helping others and also helps them become aware of the world around them, Wendy said.
For example, when they raised money for children in Nata, Africa, Wendy said they also did a lesson on African culture.
One of their biggest community involvements is with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.
"One our biggest highlights this year was 'Tea with Tots,'" Wendy said. "Elderly people and volunteers from the group joined us at our home for music, art and snacks with the children."
While April is designated the "Month of the Young Child," Wendy said this is a special time of year when communities and individuals recognize the needs of young children and their families.
Neal's Home Day Care's mission is just that.
Wendy said they've had many positive responses from children who have been a part of their family business.
"My favorite thing was swimming and jumping off the diving board at Houghton High School," one child wrote.
"I loved all the field trips we would go on," said another.
"I like to cuddle and watch a special movie," said another.
Walks to the library, storytime and drawing with Terry were other special memorable times.
With the help from a former C-L-K student, Wendy said the children witnessed the raising salmon from their egg stage to their release at the marina in Big Traverse.
Milestones, whether it be birthdays or holidays, are always recognized at Neal's Home Day Care.
Fore more information, call Neal's Home Day Care at 337-1926.
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