The third time turned out to be a charm for Hannibal resident Jerrica McArthur when she found the home in which she would fulfill her dream of opening May May Daycare.
After trying out two other locations, McArthur gathered learning materials and toys over the course of a week from second-hand stores and churches like Calvary Baptist Church for her new home at 8812 Jimmy O'Donnell Road. She is in the process of receiving her state license in the next four to six weeks, and is accepting applications for children from six weeks to five-years-old.
"I'm excited, I can't wait to start teaching them," she said.
McArthur read Dr. Seuss' "The Foot Book" to her daughter, MayLee, 11 months, and her new friend, Jakelynn, 18 months, stressing that learning would be a key part for her day care. MayLee's older brother, Mason, 6, has a large collection of videos dealing with anatomy and space he plans to share, and McArthur has been setting up both large- and small-group learning exercises each day and a food-group-based menu.
Jakelynn's mother and future employee, Talia, fed Maylee a snack while McArthur talked about how the home was an ideal space for a daycare. It is positioned far from the road with a large yard for outdoor play. She will be able to provide care for four children before her state license arrives, and six more youth at that time. McArthur will open May May Daycare from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. for morning and afternoon shifts.
She said her core mission is bolstering education and providing a safe environment.
"I am delighted to invite you to 'The Environment of Wonders,' May May Daycare. Our family home daycare will provide your children with the experience of learning for years of successes. Our mission is to explore the world of learning on how to become socially and emotionally ready for the future. We will value the time we have with the children and no child will leave with learning something new to share with their parents daily. To boldly go where we have never gone before," she wrote in a statement.
McArthur said the search for the right location for the daycare took dedication, because several landlords were not willing to rent for her to start her business from her home.
"And I never gave up, I kept fighting for what I wanted to do — and I finally found this place after trying two other places," she said. "It was hit-or-miss and it was time-consuming, but I never give up. I always keep fighting for what I want — and I always wanted to do a daycare, so I'm going to do it now."
For more information about May May Daycare or to apply, contact McArthur at (573) 719-0176 or email@example.com.