CCLCCA chooses Waconia caregiver as ‘Provider of the Year’

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Diane Herrmann of Waconia sits with the children she currently cares for at her business, Herrmann’s Playhouse. Herrmann was recently selected by CCLCCA as the 2014 Carver County Provider of the Year. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

Diane Herrmann, a Waconia daycare provider, was recently selected as the “2014 Provider of the Year” by the Carver County Licensed Child Care Association (CCLCCA).
Herrmann was one of 27 licensed family child care providers in Carver County to be nominated for this honor. She will represent Carver County at the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association Banquet, which will be held at the Holiday Inn St. Paul East in St. Paul on Saturday, May 3.
“I was surprised and honored to have been chosen Carver County Provider of the Year,” said Herrmann, who has been a licensed childcare provider for 23 years. “I’m lucky to have the incredible families who took the time to nominate me for the award. It is a great privilege to be recognized in your chosen profession.”
Herrmann currently cares for nine children ranging in age from 3 months old to school age at her business, which is called Herrmann’s Playhouse.
“I initially started by business so I could be home with my own children,” Herrmann said. “I always enjoyed being with children, so this career seemed like the perfect solution … I could raise my children, plus earn addition income to help support our family.”
As a child care provider, Herrmann loves being a positive caregiver in the lives of children.
“I love teaching the children and watching the kids develop into their own special person,” she said. “I love knowing that I will always have a connection to the children and their families. It has been a blessing to be part of so many young people’s lives. I truly love what I do!”
In terms of challenges, Herrmann said keeping up with all of the paperwork and all of the changes in rules and regulations can sometimes be tricky.
“I love the time I spend with the children, but do not enjoy the paperwork end of the business,” she admitted.
Herrmann hopes that she makes a positive difference through her work with the young children.
“I hope that because I offered that smile, a listening ear, the gentle touch or wiped away that tear … that the child knows they were loved here and never alone. With that, they can go out and pass on the love … and make a difference in someone else’s life!” Herrmann said.
According to the CCLCCA, the reasons Herrmann was selected for the honor include that she has promoted in-home licensed family child care in her community, demonstrated professional skills and has had a positive impact on the lives of young children.
2014 marks the 27th Anniversary of Week of the Family Child Care Provider.
The CCLCCA was established in 1985 as an independent non-profit organization of licensed family child care providers concerned about child care and committed to further development of child care programs through cooperative action to guide providers to quality care.  It offers monthly trainings to members and opportunities for further networking with other providers. For more information, visit www.cclchildcare.org.
May 4-10, 2014 is “Week of the Family Child Care Provider.” The CCLCCA encourages citizens to take time during this week to show their appreciation to their provider and thank them for all they do for the children they care for and their families.

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

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