ABOUT WEST TOWN DAYCARE
Children experience the greatest growth when they feel secure and wanted. At West Town Daycare, we provide a warm, caring, and safe environment for your children. West Town Daycare advocates a partnership with your family, because it is essential to the growth and development of the individual child. Routines are established that are predictable and consistent. All children will be treated with gentleness, love, and respect. Through the use of constructive guidance and positive reinforcement, we strive to cultivate an unbiased atmosphere where children are encouraged to challenge themselves and to subsequently see society through a lens that celebrates diversity of thought and culture. The children are encouraged to take ownership in shaping our classroom dynamics through openly sharing their work, ideas and personalities which will enrich their peers and foster intellectual development.
AZRA HODZIC, owner and primary care provider
Hello! My name is Azra Hodzic, and I am the owner and founder of West Town Daycare. I cannot begin to discuss the start of this daycare without noting my gratitude to my parents for teaching me to have the drive and determination to be a business owner. I have always loved working with children, so opening a daycare was the only conceivable path my life was meant to take. I have over nine years of significant personal experience in childcare that includes caring for children newborn to 16 years of age. I have cared for and taught young children independently. With my experience, I am confident of my ability to safely handle several children simultaneously.
I speak fluent Montenegrin (formerly Yugoslavian), and I am currently learning Spanish. I am CPR and first aid certified, and I am currently pursuing an Early Childhood Education credential level 1, through online courses that cover a wide range of topics related to child and school-age care. These courses are offered through local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&RA).
To remain abreast of the most recent innovations and issues in childcare, I make sure to I attend conferences such as the Family Child Care Homes Annual Providers’ Conference and the Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children. I enroll in child development classes at local community locations offered by Illinois Action for Children, so that I can further my education and continue to learn and develop in the field of early childhood education.
I live with my family, and we have each had a background check provided by DCFS. I believe that a nurturing home environment is the best place for young children and infants to strive and flourish. My goal is to provide all the children in my care with a clean, safe, and nurturing environment where they can play, learn and thrive.
References available upon request.