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CSSV creates a home away from home

SNOQUALMIE - It's 9:30 a.m. and Di Alexander's students, clad in plastic aprons, are elbow-deep in a tub of soapy water grabbing at objects ranging from rocks to plastic cups.

The sensory tub event is just one of many in a busy day at the Children's Services of Sno-Valley (CSSV) day care in Snoqualmie.

During the rest of the stay the newest addition to the staff will host a number of activities including story time, climbing through tunnels and playing outside. The activities are aimed at working the student's motor skills and assisting them in creating a solid base of communication skills that will help them interact with other kids throughout their schooling.

For Alexander, the day is busy but rewarding.

"I get to play all day long and that's my job," Alexander said.

For the past 18 months CSSV has operated the Snoqualmie facility out of the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church. A staff of six teachers and a director oversee the daily operation of the facility that houses kids from the ages of 1 to 11. The group, which offers a number of services for parents and families throughout the Valley, also operates a Duvall site.

"What we try to do here is create a home away from home for those kids that are in child care all day," said Director Marie Leiper.

Creating that atmosphere is achieved not only by selecting a quality staff - it took CSSV officials six months to find the proper fit filled by Alexander - but also by the surroundings. Rooms are set up much like those at home. Couches, tables and beanbags adorn many spaces around the center.

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