SWARTZ CREEK – What started as a small daycare run from an old church in the Mundy Township area has become a larger, well-established child care center, now located in Swartz Creek.
Honey Bear Child Care and Learning Center, 5157 S. Linden Rd., in Swartz Creek, was founded 30 years ago in November, by owner Peggy Wittbrodt.
Honey Bear first opened in November of 1984 in a little church in the village of Rankin. Wittbrodt said she moved her business to Linden Road in Swartz Creek in 1995 and bought the building next door 10 years ago.
“I was looking for quality child care with a homelike environment, but was disappointed in the choices,” she said. “Honey Bear is what I wanted for my children, and now my grandchildren.”
The center cares for children two weeks old to 12-years-old, said Wittbrodt. Children come from all over the county to spend time at Honey Bear.
“Our center is set-up so children here have large rooms with many choices for exploring their environment and a huge playground,” she said.
The center offers one location with 17 employees, many of whom have been there for more than 10 years.
Wittbrodt said her staff does continuing education to keep them on top of new research.
The center is also very civic-oriented and the children have taken part in fundraising efforts for various causes.
This summer the children did fundraisers for PAWS in Swartz Creek and the Genesee County Humane Society. To raise money they baked cookies and sold them and made lemonade, which they sold at stands outside.
Honey Bear also keeps up with the latest trends in pre-school education.
“We are part of the ‘Great Start’ which is a program designed to create a higher quality of child care and learning for our children,” said Wittbrodt. “We are excited to be offering GSRP, the Great Start Readiness Program, which provides high quality, free preschool for those who qualify.
Details: Call 810-655-6706.