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April Newhouse - Provider Focus Series

April Newhouse is the owner and operator of Apple Seeds Childcare in Lawrence. We checked in with April to learn more about how she got her start and what she hopes to do in early childhood care.

CCC: How did you become an early childhood provider?

April: I am the oldest of 7 children. I've always cared for kiddos, but initially, I planned on going into elementary special education, focusing on behavioral concerns. When I had my children, there was an immediate need for my family, and I shifted to home child care to be there with my young children. I happened to find out that I love preschoolers. I've been hooked ever since. Since then, I have worked as a center-based lead teacher and a director; I received my degree and maintained an income daycare, but I am looking to expand and move our current situation into a center.

CCC: What are some of the biggest challenges you face?

April: Financially, it can be difficult to be self-sufficient because the pay isn't great. Battling the concept that we are "just babysitters."

CCC: What are your favorite things about early childhood care?

April: My favorite is the "ah-ha" moments when a kiddo has something click and realizes they know something and can handle it.

I love working with kiddos. They are so delightfully smart, and every day is an amazing adventure with each kiddo.

CCC: If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking at going into childhood care, what would it be?

April: Remember to take care of yourself too. It is hard work caring for these little people, and it can be so rewarding, but remembering to make yourself a priority will allow you to give high-quality care.

CCC: Would you feel comfortable sharing something about yourself - maybe a hobby, a favorite song, or a favorite place or restaurant in Lawrence?

April: I love to bake and cook for others.

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