By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Jacqueline Burns was named the Morrison County Child Care Provder of the Year. She will be given her award during a ceremony at Cabin Fever Friday, May 3.
“I have a background in sales and wanted to start my own business,” Burns said. “While pondering my options, a friend of mine gave my name out as a possible sitter. I got calls and decided to get licensed.”
The licensing process took six months, she said. There were safety checks on the house, a personal background check was done and she took training in CPR, first aid and child development.
“I take care of six children right now, from ages 1 – 5. They are all children of teachers, so I get my summers off. That worked great when my own children still lived at home. I will do part-time work during the summer, though.”
Part of Burns’ job is to get the children ready for kindergarten. She spends time teaching the children their letters, colors, numbers and shapes. They also have a good time with crafts, reading and playing outdoors.
While Burns was selected by other child care providers and parents of the children she cares for, she doesn’t know who they are.
“This is truly an honor, in fact, it’s awesome,” she said. “I wish I knew who nominated me.”
Comments from letters nominating Burns said, “She has patience, love and cares for the kids,” “She has fun, creative ideas” and “She challenges and entertains the kids.”
Active in the community, Burns is a substitute Sunday School teacher and nursery coordinator at her church, mentors local teen moms, serves on the Teen Moms Ministry Board, volunteers at both the Little Falls Kids’ Day and the Dam Festival and is involved in the Stand Up For Youth Coalition.
Burns lives with her husband, Wayne, and the couple have four children.