Zimtor Family Child Care is a new child care home dedicated to responsive, child-centered care and education. It borrows from the work of Johann Pestalozzi, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, A.S. Neill, and other philosophies of education and child rearing that emphasize the child's independence and competence. Throughout my career working with young children, I have always used this approach, and I have always found it remarkably successful.
—Lewis Campbell, Saint Paul, Minnesota
I hold multiple teaching licences and have worked with young children over a period of almost fifty years. For more information, see the Caregiver page.
Zimtor is licensed by the State of Minnesota for ten children ages two through twelve. I choose to serve only children two through five.
Electronic devices are neither used nor allowed at Zimtor. Instead, children keep busy with activities that engage their creativity and independence.
I strive to provide an educationally rich experience for every child. I provide activities every day in the areas of language development, mathematical thinking, and science as part of a broad preschool curriculum.
I take all children in care on field trips several times a week. Typical field trip destinations include parks, libraries, museums, and historical sites. Nearby Battle Creek Regional Park is a frequent destination.
Conflicts are resolved through problem solving in which the goal is to find a solution satisfactory to everyone.
To protect the entire child care population, I require all children to be vaccinated in accord with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) schedule. The only exceptions are those provided for by the CDC. However, I do not presently require any Covid vaccines.
I regard your child as a member of my family while in my care. Regardless of your child's health or behavior, I am committed to caring for your child during child care hours. (However, if your child's behavior is consistently disruptive, I may ask you to find a more appropriate care setting.)
Of course, Zimtor admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to children in care. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other care-administered programs.