Paula's Precious Pumpkin's Daycare
Your Child's Home Away from Home

Home daycare, childcare, licensed daycare, Highlands Ranch Colorado

General Information

About me

I would like to give you a little history about myself and my family. My husband, Dan works in the Phone Industry.  We have been married since May of 1982. We have one son, Bobby and he's married to Tracy.  They have two daughters, Abigail, (Abby), born 10/2006 and Charlotte (Charli) born 6/2009.  They are currently living in San Francisco, California. My background was actually in Secretarial work and Banking. However, I decided to leave the corporate world to stay home and be with our son who was 3 at the time. In doing so, I also wanted to provide a safe and loving environment for other families to bring their children. I know how difficult it is to leave your children with someone who is not related. I faced the same dilemma with my son when he was six months old. Being able to provide peace of mind and confidence to parents that their children are well taken care of and loved just as if they were in their own home is what I hope to continue to accomplish as a childcare provider.

In January of 1992, I was chosen by the Work and Family Resource Center as one of two mentors for Arapahoe County to aid newly licensed childcare providers in getting started in their newly chosen profession. I was a Senior Provider Partner for the Arapahoe County Family Childcare Association for 8 years. I was the Zip Code Referral for zip code 80122 from June 1993 - June 1996  I also held the position of Referral Coordinator for Arapahoe County from 6/30/93 - 6/30/96. Now that I live in Douglas County, I have become involved with The Douglas County Childcare Association, I have held the positions of: Membership Director, Newsletter Editor, Education Coordinator, Secretary and now Referral for the Highlands Ranch area. I do like to stay busy and on top of things.

I have been licensed in Childcare in Colorado as a professional since September,1989. My license number is #71678, please feel free to call Human Services at (303) 866-5958 and request a copy of my file, or much quicker just check on line: https://www.colorado.gov/apps/cdhs/childcare/lookup/index.jsf  (If this does not work to cut & paste, please write website down and key in manually, thank you) once on the Human Services website -  click next to “parent”  and enter your zip code, hit continue.  Then on the bottom section on the second page (under: "or through a comprehensive list view:") click next to license # and key in 71678 and hit continue and my file “should” come up.



Hours of Operation

I am open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I take only The Douglas County School District (Conventional Schedule) employees.  My home is open from August Thru May and am Closed for the months of June and July. My home is licensed for an ”Experienced Childcare Provider" License” and  can have up to nine children, ages newborn (6 weeks) to 13 years old, however, I  choose to take children only until they enter Kindergarten.

Goal

I believe in taking a professional approach in what I can offer the children. I will provide a licensed childcare home in compliance with the Colorado Childcare Rule's &  Regulations. I will work to keep abreast of current information on child care and Early Childhood Education. I am active in continuing my education through workshops, conferences and in-services through various State and National childcare organizations.