By Correne Martin
Someday, the children Rhonda Stubbe has cared for at Jest For Kids Family Child Care Center may come back as adults and express their gratitude for giving them a good start in life.
“For a minimal part of the day, I get to be the parent they can’t have while mom and dad are working,” Stubbe said. “That’s my purpose. I’ve always loved children and I’ve enjoyed my job providing care for hundreds of children over the years.”
Rhonda, with support from her husband, Matt, started Jest For Kids 25 years ago. She remembers the day remarkably well.
“Jim and Cheryl Trentin were my first day care parents. I remember her handing me a $10 and a $5 and, I said, ‘What is this for? You mean I get paid to do this?’” she recalled.
She had been working as a computer operator for Peoples State Bank and was frustrated going to work knowing her two young daughters weren’t happy at their day care.