KDC started as a vision from my father. He was a pastor and envisioned me working with children. When I started my coaching career, I thought I understood what he meant. I attended Kent State University for Elementary Education, and while I thought his vision was to coach kids in football, he felt different. He knew that I was supposed to be working with much younger kids.
While living in one bedroom apartment in Warren, my wife and I were just starting to understand what this vision mean. My wife was working at St. Joseph Hospital at the time, and we had just gotten word that her position would no longer be needed. My dad, in his God-given wisdom, said that the time was finally here! Not by chance, but by Divine intervention, I saw an ad in the paper for a infant caregiver at a local church. Since my wife had 15 years of pediatric care at the hospital, I told her she should apply. They hired her immediately and made her head of the infant care department.
In 1988, I finished up my 2nd year of school, and my father guided me towards thinking of opening my own daycare. Through months of research and the conclusion that my wife's skill in infant care and mine in coaching would be a perfect fit for a daycare, we got to work. I built the program around our unique skill sets. We were certified through the state and went through the proper administration training, and then we found the perfect location for our daycare in Downtown Warren.
We credit the success of Kiddie DayCare to God, and to His perfect plan to develop a Christian program--the first of its kind in the area that was not associated in a church. While our program has evolved over the years, the core has remained the same: Faith, the Children, the program, our employees, all come before me and my wife.