Latisha Schauer: Putting the Care in Child Care
Provider Spotlight | June 18, 2019
Unlimited Patience. Warm. Wonderful Sense of Humor. Loving.
These are just some of the words used to describe family child care provider, Latisha Schauer. Latisha has been providing full-time care for two years but, has been dedicated to the childhood care and education field off and on for the past ten years. Latisha works at One World, One Family, One Heart, FCC in St. Paul, where earlier this year, she purchased and took over the business. She also attends school full-time, is working toward earning her CDA, and is raising her one-year-old son, Liam.
“I know I have so many depending on me and that is what really gets me going harder. Especially for my son as well as the little ones I care for on a day-to-day basis,” Latisha said. “They look up to us adults so much; some of us don’t realize how much they do that. Knowing that I make a difference in their little lives is a pretty amazing feeling!”
How does she do it? With such a busy schedule and so many responsibilities, Latisha says, “I write everything down in my calendar. I have reminders, as well as organizing literally everything. It honestly keeps me sane and with so much less stress!”
Latisha’s favorite time of the day, as well as the kids in her care, is circle time. “I love sitting with them during circle time and stimulating their minds! They love circle time. We have been learning sign language and Spanish! They absolutely love it. I think it’s a good and healthy way to keep them well rounded, and I am learning with them as well. So, it is a win-win for all of us.”
Kerry, one of the parents of the children Latisha cares for, said, “She works incredibly hard but is always ready with a smile and a hug for the children she cares for.”
Latisha stated, “You know we have built a bond, it’s almost like seeing your child come in every morning. They are like family. I take care of them like I take care of my own child.”
When asked what advice Latisha would give to those considering a career in the childhood care and education field, she said, “Come into this field with lots of love, patience, and empathy. We make such an impact on their little lives and they love us and completely look up to us.”
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