Katina Kline plays with 4-year-old Madison Fleeman on Thursday morning inside Katina's Wee Care Center. Katina recently opened the in-home day care center focused on taking care of toddlers.

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Katina Kline plays with 4-year-old Madison Fleeman on Thursday morning inside Katina's Wee Care Center. Katina recently opened the in-home day care center focused on taking care of toddlers.

Katina's Wee Care Center day care to cater to young children

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— Katina Kline spent almost nine years working for Laurel Street Preschool, and when the school closed its doors, she had to move on along with the families who sent their kids there.

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Katina Kline plays with puzzles along with 4-year-old Madison Fleeman on Thursday morning inside Katina's Wee Care Center. Katina recently opened the in-home day care center focused on taking care of toddlers.

Kline is a home health care provider for her 90-year-old great-aunt, she said, and wanted to find a way to continue to care for her aunt and make an income.

Starting Katina’s Wee Care Center out of her home in downtown Steamboat allows Kline to resume caring for young children as well as her great-aunt.

“I always had it in my head that I’d want to do it,” she said about starting a day care.

The home day care center is licensed by the state to accommodate as many as six children per day from birth to as old as 12.

“We don’t really need that in this town,” Kline said about the larger age range. “We need birth to 3.”

Kline said the options for parents of infants and toddlers largely are limited to Young Tracks Preschool and Grandkids Child Care Center, and she wants to target those ages with her home day care.

Kline plans to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

She said she’ll be the only day care center she knows of that’s open Saturday, and she’s hopeful that some Steamboat parents will want Saturdays to work or do other things.

Kline already is taking care of a couple children and is having an open house this weekend to hopefully fill her remaining spots during the week.

Those interested can stop by her location at 207 Ninth St. between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kline can be reached at 970-879-0749 or kat_kline@hotmail.com.

The program will cost $50 per day, and lunch and snacks are provided daily for the children.

Kline said she’ll also have art projects for the kids and hopes to eventually incorporate outings.

“My family has helped me greatly,” Kline said about the work to become licensed and set up the day care center. She said Sharon Butler, of the Newborn Network, also was a big help.

“We need this in the community,” she said.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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