‘Our Precious Angels’ day care opens in Ford City
Two lifelong friends opened the doors of a new child care business in Ford City on Monday.
Kathi Baer and Valerie Schaeffer are running Our Precious Angels at 419 Ford St., replacing a previous day care that operated there.
The name and business logo — a pair of blue wings topped by a yellow halo — was born from losses suffered by both of the women.
“This is very meaningful to us,” Baer said. “Val and I both lost sons. We lived beside each other when they were babies.”
The friends of 30 years in the last five months worked to paint and decorate space inside the business, filling it with toys and furniture suitable for children. And they have been busy getting all the required certifications through the Department of Public Welfare.
Our Precious Angels has three children in its care on opening day but is certified to have 12. Baer and Schaeffer will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to show off the business and try to attract more clients.
Although there are several other day cares in town, there is a growing need for more child care options, Baer said.
“I spoke to other owners, and they have had to turn people down because there is not enough space,” she said.
Baer owns the building and will continue running her other business — Baer Beauty — across the street. She will work alongside Schaeffer — whom she says is a perfect fit for the job — as needed.
“Children brighten your day,” Schaeffer said. “They make you feel good just by being around them. I love seeing life through their eyes.”
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.