The Times West Virginian

Business

May 11, 2014

Little Rascals Childcare ‘about helping people’

FARMINGTON — Rudy and Melissa Cutrone are offering the community more childcare options with Little Rascals Childcare.

They officially opened their new business at 3014 Main St. in Farmington on Monday, May 5.

“We’re all about helping people,” Rudy said.

This new childcare center is for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old. The location is beginning with traditional hours of operation, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will add nights until 10 p.m. as needed as well as Saturday daycare.

The facility can have up to 60 children and is not at capacity yet. The staff is always enrolling kids into the program, which the community has supported completely, said Mariah Cunningham, who is the director of the center.

The business also has before- and after-school care, which is a program for school-age children on site in a different building. Work is still being done to that separate facility, which the owners hope to complete this summer. Once that space is done, Little Rascals Childcare will be able to accept 40 school-age children, which will increase the center’s total capacity to 100 kids.

In addition, the business intends to offer family nights, where kids and parents can spend time together, as well as date nights for parents, which is how the owners will initially extend into evening hours. Other future plans include offering pre-school.

Plus, Little Rascals Childcare is working with the Town of Farmington to use the town park along with the summer program that is held there.

Cunningham has five years of experience in daycare and has worked a lot with school-age children for the last 15 years through the Boys and Girls Club and other organizations. Rudy and Melissa said Cunningham brings a lot of knowledge to the business.

The team also currently includes four teachers: Kendra Boore and Judy Myers in the infant and toddler classroom, Audia Bartlett in the 2- and 3-year-old classroom, and Kris Dixon in the 4- and 5-year-old classroom. Thelma Spurr is the cook for Little Rascals Childcare.

Cunningham said these talented, experienced employees have training that is up to date for the different age levels, and they will continue to obtain further training.

As far as safety and security, the outer doors of the facility are always locked, and a security system allows for the screening of all visitors before they are granted entry. Plus, each room inside the building has monitors, and the place has a stand-by generator, Rudy said.

Melissa said she and Rudy have always wanted to have their own business, and they saw a definite need in the area for Little Rascals Childcare. Many parents wanting daycare for their children have been put on waiting lists at other facilities.

Rudy added that they wanted to give people more options. The new business is in a central location that is convenient for people living in different places in the county.

Melissa grew up in Farmington and is the daughter of John and Ruth Ann McKinney. Rudy is originally from Fairmont and is the son of Rudy and Margaret Cutrone. They both thanked their parents for their continual support.

Rudy and Melissa have been working with children all their lives, mainly through coaching sports and involvement with the Boy Scouts.

They live in Mannington with their 17-year-old son, Chandler, and 15-year-old daughter, Jordan, who are both students at North Marion High School.

“We love kids,” Rudy said.

The Little Rascals Childcare building was formerly the home of another daycare that closed in 2009. The structure was originally the Farmington grade school.

Rudy and Melissa officially became the owners of the property on Sept. 17, 2013, and have worked hard on renovations since then.

In addition to finishing the building for the school-age children, they have other projects in the works, such as redoing the playground with a new fence and equipment and paving the parking lot.

The couple expressed their appreciation to all the individuals who have played a part in some way or another is helping to get their business up and running.

Also, in the future, Rudy and Melissa will be opening another business next door to Little Rascals Childcare that will be called Jordan’s Closet, named for their daughter. Jordan’s Closet will rent formal wear and also take in and sell kids’ toys and clothes.

For more information, call Little Rascals Childcare at 304-825-6900 or visit the business on Facebook.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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