Crème de la crème
Nothing says you’re the best better than being named it three consecutive times. Just ask Misty Trahan, founder and owner of Adventureland Kids Childcare Center. Adventureland Kids was named Baton Rouge Parent’s Magazine family favorites for 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Preschool/Early learning Center and Summer Camp-Educational. The award recognizes the Ascension Parish center above private schools and childcare centers in East and West Baton Rouge parishes, Livingston and Ascension Parish.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for Ascension Parish,” Trahan said, whose center is one of the largest providers in the state. “We were voted family favorites the last three years in a row, I think that’s pretty impressive for the parish.”
Trahan says Adventureland accomplished what it has by basically having a curriculum and a program that exceeds public schools. The four-year-old students come out reading and the center teaches Louisiana History, Science, Anatomy, and languages.
Adventureland Kids began in 2004 just as a before and after school program. Two years later, it started the pre-kindergarten program for four year olds, and then for three year olds, and in May it began its six-week-old program. The center takes children aged six weeks to 13, and with regulations separate from the parish school board is able institute a different program.
Denise Stein, Adventureland Kids manager of 8 years of all three locations with two being in Gonzales and one in Prairieville, said they’ve put together a program from scratch and it has taken off.
“I’m so proud of the kids and the parents,” Stein said. “Every year we add more and more words. Some of the two year olds communicate through sign language even.”
Stein has three grown children and she said she knows from them the ages of zero to five is when children learn more and absorb more.
“Those are their most important years, their minds are like sponges,” Stein said.
Both Stein and Trahan credit the success to the Adventureland Kids’ teachers and staff.
“To me I give all the credit to them,” Trahan said. “Without them there would be no Adventureland Kids or program.”
“Each teacher over the last nine years has brought something unique to the program. They have their own creativity and own style of teaching. Many of my teachers have years of experience. They each bring their own gift to the children,” Trahan said.
Trahan added: “I hope we’re doing our job and we will continue to stay ahead and keep pushing forward because the children are like sponges. The more you give them the more they soak in, so we try to challenge them everyday.”