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By Lisa Bailey

New Business "Loves the Children"


March 23, 2018

Love tthe Children- Christy opening door. - PHOTO-L. Bailey-TALON

New Business "Loves the Children"

By Lisa Bailey, TALON

Entering Love the Children Learning Center feels like "going home". It is warm and welcoming, clean and cozy. Located in the former Ruby's restaurant building on the corner of Oliver and Aztec Blvd., the learning center is now providing pre-school and child care for infants and children. The center opened February 20th, but owner Crystal Jacquez-Aguilar has a long history in childcare. She shares that she was fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mom, and home schooled her children. Later she worked in the public-school system as a substitute teacher and Educational Aide. Eventually she was able to return to school and get her associate's degree in child development.

Crystal opened her first daycare in 2007, it was home based. In 2011 she had the opportunity to move into the first center at a Bloomfield location, and added a second center location in 2013. When she began searching for another center location she happened upon the Ruby's location. The restaurant setting offered the ability to provide quality food on site and to the other locations. The centers provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks, and getting these meals catered had presented some challenges over the years.

Touring the center and visiting with Crystal and her staff, it is easy to understand why the centers appeal to parents and students alike. Crystal's passion for childcare through a faith-based model is evident. Her husband and family embrace these same ideals, to provide a place where children can receive proper care and learn about biblical principles like kindness, sharing and love. The children are more than just students to Crystal, when she and her husband got married in 2012 they involved the children and their families in the celebration, inviting them to a costume party reception.

The centers strive for excellence and are recognized with a five-star rating, the same rating as the San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan College daycares, and equal to accreditation. This could explain how Crystal's business has grown simply by word of mouth- satisfied parents sharing their experience with other parents. The centers have quickly filled and generally have a waiting list. Delays in the Aztec center's opening resulted in a gradual growth in this center, but Crystal does not see that as a problem. She believes it is preferable to get children registered in small groups. The Aztec center is licensed for up to 63 children.


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