Parents' Corner - Emily Poplin

 I often reflect back to when Amelia turned six weeks old.  I had recently started working at Wingate University, so I needed to return to work quickly.  We decided Tabernacle was the place for our daughter. 

Amelia’s nursery teacher knew I was missing her terribly, so she took photos of her and made a CD for me so I could see what went on during the day while I was working. The pictures taken of her during that first week in the swing, napping, eating, and smiling caused me to feel so much better. At that point, I knew the level of care at Tabernacle Childcare was extraordinary and that everyone there cared about our child and family.   When Amelia was in the 1 year old room, Mrs. Sandra taught her how to say the “God is Great” blessing. You can only imagine how thrilled we were and how very proud she was of herself. Each year, she has absorbed more and more with God’s reflection on her learning. It’s comforting to know that what you do at home and church is reinforced during the day at pre‐ school.  This is something you can’t find anywhere else.

 Last year, Amelia completed K‐4 with Mrs. Missy.  She learned how to read and write, memorized a new Bible verse every week.We were so honored that she was also able to be the K‐4 Homecoming attendant.  It is amazing to reflect on all she has learned in such a short time. I know Amelia is safe.  Knowing that my child is protected behind the security door and that the grounds are treated for fire ants is a great comfort. We really appreciate Tabernacle for making sure our children stay safe. It’s very hard for my husband and me to find the time to go out on a date and then there’s the cost of a babysitter.

Through the Parent Perk Points program, my husband and I were able to go out on a date after work while our daughter had a slumber party with Miss Hannah and her friends. I must admit that I was missing Amelia the entire time, but it was nice to be able to go out to eat at a restaurant by ourselves. Many thanks to the staff for making this an option.   As parents, we only want what is best for our children and the biggest concern we all have is that our children are well cared for while we are not with them. While we want them to learn as they grow, the educational and social environments in which they learn and grow greatly matter. 

We appreciate Tabernacle’s way to provide our children with an ideal mix of academics, love, discipline, fun, safety, and Christian values that my husband and I want for our daughter for years to come.  Thankfully, we have that option because she can remain at Tabernacle until grade 12. It brings us peace‐of‐mind to know that we don’t have to worry about negative influences impacting our daughter’s life while she’s at Tabernacle.  

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