Parents in Nobleboro and the surrounding communities have a new location to choose from for child care.
Bright Beginnings Daycare, on Center Street in Nobleboro, opened its doors Monday, April 4.
Offering daily learning activities and a variety of sensory-based play tools in addition to arts and crafts, Lisa York is excited for the opening of her new day care.
“I’m excited. I’m looking forward to making this a place parents feel comfortable leaving their kids,” York said.
Bright Beginnings is a licensed day care dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment with a developmental approach to learning.
Bright Beginnings offers kids a variety of toys, books, and handcrafts to enhance play-based learning.
York said she offers a toddler and preschool curriculum with different themes each week to help children pick up developmental learning skills.
“We have lots of activities and lots of things to do. Your child will definitely be learning here,” York said.
She said another main goal of her day care is to make sure kids have fun, and she said she’ll know if she accomplishes this if kids do not want to leave at the end of the day.
York recently met with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office and said the center is certified for a capacity of 26 kids.
She said in the future she hopes to hit capacity and would eventually look to hire a full-time staff member in addition to two part-time employees to help run the day care and ensure children enjoy their time there.
“Day care is a learning experience every day. They’re sponges. They learn something new every day, and we actually learn from them too,” York said.
Though York is fairly new to Nobleboro, moving to the area five months ago, she has an extensive background in child care services.
York ran a day care out of her home in Dexter for 25 years and worked at Coastal Kids Preschool in Damariscotta prior to opening her own day care in Lincoln County.
She is also trained in CPR and first aid.
York said she missed having her own day care and was excited when the opportunity presented itself to run her own operation in Nobleboro.
“Everything just fell into place,” York said.
She said the building where the day care is located is owned by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and formerly housed a chiropractor.
York said the association has been very accommodating and allowed for a number of improvements to the building, including a larger bathroom and a fenced-in backyard to ensure children can play safely outside.
Her husband, Ken York, has handled a lot of the work in the past weeks, getting the facility ready to open.
York said it will be a new experience having a dedicated space to run the daycare, as in the past she had offered services from her own home.
“When you do it out of your home for so long, it’s kind of like, wow, I get to come here and do all this fun stuff,” York said.
She said all the toys and learning tools were bought brand new for Bright Beginnings.
The hours at Bright Beginnings are from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
York said she believes the most rewarding part of her job is watching kids develop on a daily basis.
“I love the whole experience of being able to do things with the kids and watch them grow,” York said.
For more information about Bright Beginnings Daycare, located at 24 Center St. in Nobleboro, between the transfer station and the street’s northern junction with Route 1, call Lisa York at 270-0073.