Childcare Heroes

Childcare Heroes

Hugs and Kisses Too

Seeking to become a nationally accredited early learning center, Hugs and Kisses Too joined the Educational First Steps quality-building program a little over three years ago for help with further enhancing their special school. 

Hugs and Kisses Too is licensed for 150 children and has been serving the Poly Community of Fort Worth since 2002. The childcare center grew from the vision of Kristin Dorsey, a single mother of three children who was passionate about helping mothers in similar situations as herself and disheartened by the availability of meaningful childcare in her area.

Jaimee Moore , shown above is Mrs. Dorsey’s daughter, and has been serving as the Director for over eight years. “Our program is special because we provide more than just childcare; Hugs & Kisses Too is a Family,” she shares.

With support of their EFS Early Learning Specialist, Angela Swindell, they have met and exceeded every goal by working evening and weekends to complete professional development, obtaining Child Development Associate credentials for teachers, and adjusting classrooms and instructions styles – to achieve their goal of becoming a nationally accredited childcare center of quality excellence.

They were in the final stages to apply and be accessed for this nationally recognized status – one of the highest rankings you can receive for demonstrating excellence in childcare.

But then, without warning or time to adapt, COVID-19 entered our world, halting all plans and changing almost everything ‘normal’…..

Part 2

Jaimee Moore, Director at Hugs and Kisses Too

The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating, especially for childcare heroes serving on the front lines. “It’s a day-to-day struggle with a constant change of new rules, restrictions, and requirements, limited access to basic and PPE supplies while also trying to support your staff’s mental health,” Mrs. Jaimee shares. 

  • When schools and local businesses were required to close –
    Childcare providers were there to serve
  •  A new school year has started with required virtual learning, leaving many working parents with grade-school children in a bind for what to do –
    Childcare providers are serving and filling the need  

Through the many trials they have faced in this challenging time, we are happy to share a HUGE achievement. 

 After several re-schedules, Hugs and Kisses Too childcare center received their validation visit to be reviewed for acceptance as a nationally accredited center. 

Take a close look at the photo to see that as of two weeks ago, Hugs and Kisses Too received notice that they are officially a nationally accredited and recognized early learning center of quality excellence!!! 

For 30 years, EFS has partnered with childcare centers to elevate learning environments because ALL children deserve an opportunity to receive a high-quality early education regardless of their economic circumstances.

Throughout the pandemic, we helped meet our partner’s most significant needs by providing: COVID-19 relief grants, PPE supplies, mentoring and resource support, and the assurance of our same quality building program.

Be a part of something bigger – that impacts the futures of so many,  by making a gift to Educational First Steps on North Texas Giving Day.
Your gift helps ensure children continue to have access to high-quality early learning environments like at Hugs and Kisses Too, that prepare them for school and life success.