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Fair spotlights preschool services

Event helps parents to find local services for their young children

Posted: January 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Rafiel Yoakum, left, and brother Jalil, 2, create snowmen from paper plates with assistance from Britney Smith, center, and Connie Luechtefeld at the Little Shepherd Preschool booth at the Preschool Fair held at Valencia United Methodist Church in Valencia on Saturday.

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Dozens of parents, their children in tow, turned out Saturday at Valencia United Methodist Church for a community open house meant to spotlight the preschool services available to families in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The open house, dubbed the Santa Clarita Preschool Fair, was sponsored by The Nanny Factory and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Valencia and served as a way for interested parents to find out what services are available locally, said Malena A. Jackson, owner of The Nanny Factory.

“It’s a vision I had a few years ago because I’m a mother of four and my youngest is three, and of course when you’re looking for a preschool you have so many options,” Jackson said. “You don’t really know what you should look for, what questions to ask.”

Jackson said there were 12 preschools from the Santa Clarita area at Saturday’s event.

Along with the preschools were businesses that cater to preschool-age children, such as those that offer soccer and swim lessons.

“Because it’s not about all learning and no play,” Jackson said.

Roxana Said, outreach specialist with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said she thought the event provided a good way for different centers and services to show parents what they have to offer.

“It was a great opportunity for us to come out and support the community,” Said said.

Iliana Faraldo, center director for Canyon Country KinderCare, said one of the most common things she heard from parents was that they were looking for centers or programs that could educationally enrich their children.

“They want a learning environment, they don’t just want a day care center,” she said.

Jackson said the Preschool Fair will be an annual event.

“The goal is to get more preschools each year and offer more resources for families who are looking for not only preschools but things to do with their children,” she said.
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