child care insight

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I have a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in infants, toddlers and preschool from Auburn University. I have been a lead teacher in numerous classrooms ranging from the age of 2 months to 5-year-olds. I have my Director's Certificate through the state of Colorado and have worked myself up from Director of Curriculum to Director of a Preschool in less than a year. I have recently left my position as Director to pursue other opportunities to advance my career. I look forward to getting to know you and your family some more!
My name is Kara Downing but now days I go by Miss Kara. I grew up in south eastern Colorado on a 2500 acre farm with my brother and sister. I was the youngest sibling and always wanted a younger brother or sister. As a young child I was always helping take care of my younger cousins and I loved babysitting. My grandma was an elementary teacher and I remember going to help in her classroom and the idea of teaching seemed like so much fun. I believe all of these factors helped my find my passion with working with children.
Qualistar Colorado and its Qualistar Rating™ team partner with programs on the assessment phase of their quality improvement journey. Evidence of a high quality early learning experience can be found in many aspects of a program. Strong Family Partnerships, age-appropriate learning experiences, positive interactions between teachers and children, effective health and safety procedures, and the ongoing training and education of the program staff are just some of the critical areas that contribute to the quality of care provided to children and families. These and other criteria are assessed per program by the Rating team. Learn more about Qualistar Rating™ components and the rating process.
I offer care in a warm, family home environment with lots of playtime, story time and age appropriate activities. Your child will thrive learning new things with other children. I have been a licensed daycare provider for over 17 years. I am CPR and first aid certified. I accept children from newborn to school age. I provide breakfast lunch and an afternoon snack. I have a large backyard for children to play in when the weather is permitting. I also provide excellent references.

In high school I was involved with sports (softball, basketball, track) was FFA vice president, and a member of the National Honor Society. After high school I received an athletic scholarship to play softball. While in college I started a physical education program at a local Lutheran Church School. The people and the children became family to me and I was offered a part time teaching assistant job working with the kindergarten class. During the summers of college I spent my time coaching softball to young girls. Over my four years of coaching we won four state titles, four regional titles, three Nationals appearances as well as an invitation to the Babe Ruth Little League World Series.

Welcome to Happy Day Learning Center of Aurora, Inc., where we offer a safe, fun environment for your child to learn. We are committed to providing the highest quality of child care services for each and every child that comes through our door. For over 28 years, Happy Day Learning Center of Aurora has proudly taken care of the children in our community. As a locally owned learning center, we take the time to provide personalized attention to your children and their development.


There are 12 family child care providers and group home daycares in ZIP Code 80016. Give them a look and see if anything sounds good. We know this isn’t a minor decision, so take your time. Be sure to check out the reviews and past inspection information on the provider listing, and if you have any past experience with a provider, please leave an honest review to help other parents in a similar situation.
“Our daughter, Juliana, joined the TLE Aurora family at 8 weeks old and we could not be happier with our choice in a childcare facility. Ms. Bethany in the Infant A room is truly amazing! We are put at ease knowing that we have such a caring and loving teacher taking care of our daughter. She is truly dedicated to making sure Juliana progresses and has fun at the same time. Juliana always has a smile on her face when I drop her off in the morning and when I pick her up in the afternoon. We truly appreciate the staff at TLE Aurora for the way they have cared for our daughter as though she was family!”
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