The Perry Lutheran Home hosted a Saturday brunch on June 17 to both raise funds and welcome visitors to a new intergenerational daycare, located in the basement of the Lutheran Home: Acorns & Oaks Christian Daycare. The daycare will provide interactions between the children who use the facility as well as the residents of the home.
The daycare partnership was formed between Christ Lutheran Church and the Perry Lutheran Home, followed by the hiring of daycare director, Tammy Kratz.
An intergenerational daycare works as a facility to involve both the residents at the Perry Lutheran Home, as well as children who will attend the daycare.
“We really want to bring the life and energy from the basement up to the residents that could maybe use a little change of pace,” said Kelly Bossard, Daycare Committee Chair at Christ Lutheran Church.
The daycare will provide to ages ranging from six weeks to five years old, accompanied by an infant room connected to a large room which will house activities as well as a kitchen.
The infant room will cater to 4 children ages 6 weeks old to 2 years old, while the daycare room will be able to hold 26 children ages 2 to 5.
The daycare is licensed to care for up to 30 children.
According to the Acorns & Oaks Christian daycare parent handbook, some of the objectives of the facility include the following: “to provide a quality Christian program that increases the understanding of Christ and his love, to provide safe, consistent, and enriched environment where developmentally appropriate activities encourage exploration and “hands on” learning experiences, and to build personal relationships with residents at Perry Lutheran Home, Christ Lutheran Church, and the community.”
“We are going to be a Christian daycare, and that’s one of the primary goals – to serve the community with a Christian daycare,” Bossard said.
Paying tribute to their goals, the daycare plans to encourage daily activities with residents of the home, bonding with those who are lonesome for their grandchildren or looking for entertainment.
“We really want to focus on the interaction with the residents, that’s why we’re purposely located here in the basement,” Bossard said. “We really want to engage the residents on a daily basis with the children of the daycare.”
Engagement between the two generations include music, dancing, crafts, storytelling, prayer, and visiting, resulting in mutual benefits for both generations, according to the Acorns & Oaks Christian daycare parent handbook.
“I feel like we’re really just more than a daycare,” Bossard described. “We’re really trying to serve the residents and the people that work here – it’s really a soul circle effect of who can be touched by this.”
Saturday’s brunch fundraiser was held as a way to develop funds to support outdoor play equipment for the children. Visitors were given a tour of the facility which will have an official grand opening on July 10 at the Perry Lutheran Home.