|Developing Young Minds & Community Concept|
Badger is a family-owned, family-operated, and family-friendly company. For years Badger has had a babies-at-work program that allows new parents to have their young babies with them at work to help strengthen the parent-child bond. In the summer of 2013 Badger opened its own full-day, partially subsidized child care center offering reasonably-priced, high quality, flexible child care for children of Badger employees, as well as a limited number of children from the great community. The center itself is located in the renovated house that was the former home to the Badger Company, a quarter of a mile down the road from the company's new facility. Currently there are 6 employee children in the program that range from 6 months to 3 years of age, with a program capacity of 12 children.
Katie Schwerin (Badger co-founder and COO) designed and established this program with her friend and former Waldorf School colleague, Betsi McGuigan. They examined the normal daily routine for children in daycare and asked numerous questions about how to best support the healthy development of young children. Through a series of meetings and conversations, Katie, Betsi, and other educators came to a few core concepts which have been incorporated into the childcare program:
The children in the Calendula Garden Children's Center have their routines of preparing food in the kitchen and exploring the gardens that surround the center. With the new child care center a success, Badger is looking into the future and hopes to share their knowledge with other businesses interested in supporting their employee families and helping business to become the community foundations that they once were.