Encino Creative Kids Home Daycare is owned/operated by Deanne Rostami. I am a former preschool teacher and mother. I earned my Child Development Associate Degree from Santa Monica Jr. College in 1992. Since then, I have taught, mentored, helped to open, and assisted in directing in childcare centers for many years.
I am so thankful to have the help of my three beautiful daughters; Leila-18. Lauren-15, and Madeline-11. They each have their own individual strengths, hobbies, and interests! I am also fortunate to be married to a supportive and loving husband, John. We were married in 1992 and we moved to this very house in 1994. We feel blessed to be in such a safe and wonderfully diverse community.
Our Furry Friends
ECK children enjoy Dylan our cool, yet sweet resident cat. He supervises the sideyard. We also have Maya our loving and smart German Shepard. For her safety, she relaxes in a separate yard away from the preschool setting, so they enjoy her from a far, on top of the swingset tower :)
Advantages of Pet Ownership / Exposure
Studies show that children raised with pets have many benefits. Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child's self-esteem and self confidence. Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.
Pets can serve different purposes for children: They can be safe recipients of secrets as children often talk to their pets, like they do their stuffed animals, they provide lessons about life; reproduction, birth, illness, accidents, death, and about these issues, they can help develop responsible behavior in children who care for them, they provide a connection to nature, and they teach respect for other living things.
Other physical and emotional needs fulfilled by pet ownership include: physical activity, comfort contact, love. loyalty, and affection, as well as experience with loss if a pet is lost or dies.