For April and her husband Cleveland, bringing their daughters Amiah and Cayla to Catholic Charities’ Northside Child Development Center was one of their best parenting decisions.
“This has been the best experience ever,” April said. Amiah recently made the transition from Northside to Prodeo Academy, a charter school in northeast Minneapolis. Her sister, Cayla is in the toddler room at Northside.
“With Amiah starting school, I see how much work they did to prepare her for kindergarten,” she said. “A lot of why I think she’s doing so well in kindergarten is the foundations that were laid here.”
April and Cleveland remember the day they toured Northside and how impressed they were with the facility and the staff who would care for their children.
“It’s always the best situation when a parent can know that those taking care of their children will care and love them as you can,” April said. “I’m confident in Northside staff in every aspect. “
In the beginning, April would pick up her kids each day and ask them about the best and worst parts of their day. She soon realized such questions weren’t necessary, as her girls were excited to tell her about their time spent at Northside.
On a recent day, the toddlers each had their outlines traced at Northside. The kids then decorated their shape to what they would like to be when they grow up. While she usually says she intends to be a princess for a career, that day Cayla put a police hat on her face. That outline, with Cayla’s smiling face pasted to it, now hangs on her dad’s office door.
Amiah plans to become a teacher when she grows up, a choice April says would fit her daughter well. While they realize Amiah and Cayla may not choose to become teachers and police officers when it comes to decision time, they are confident their daughters are receiving the tools they need to succeed by attending Northside Child Development Center.
“A lot of kids will end up having a better start in life because they came here first,” April said.