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Destination Kids at 7701 Central Park Drive Opens Just in Time for the Holidays

Posted by:Adam Voight onDecember 21, 2016

Original Article by Madison Adams of

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Time is ticking away to get last minute errands ran before the holiday parties and family gatherings begin. A new business in town is hoping to alleviate some of the last minute holiday stress by providing hourly child care in the Waco area.

Destination Kids opened in Woodway at 7701 Central Park Drive. They provide part-time, full-time and hourly child care options.

Owner, Amanda Santamaria said when she moved to Waco with her husband and four kids she had a hard time finding a day care that offered flexible hours and payment options.

“As a mom of four, I know what it’s like you can be a stay at home mom or a working mom and you always need a break,” Santamaria said.

“A break is good for you and for your family.”

The daycare center keeps children from 18 months to 12 years old.

The pay-by-the-hour concept is fairly new to Central Texas and the daycare’s director, Nikki Cashaw said she thinks it will be a hit with parents.

“We don’t have any facilities like this,” Cashaw said.

“You have to think about the parents that work 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. shifts that don’t have many options for daily care.”

To provide flexible care the daycare opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday the daycare stays open until 11 p.m. to allow for parents to enjoy a night out. The daycare is closed on Sundays.

Pricing per hour is $8 for the first child and $4 per hour for additional siblings.

Thursday, December 22nd, Destination Kids is offering three hours of free childcare to any parent who registers their child with the daycare.

“Parents can go out an shop ‘til they drop,” Cashaw said.

“Basically if they have any last minute Christmas errands they need to get done, we will be there to provide that for them.”

She says registration takes about five minutes to fill out the needed paperwork and parents will need to have an up to date shot record for each child.

The center also uses fingerprint technology to safely check children in and out of the facility.

“When you scan your finger, the picture of the child will pop up along with any allergies or anything staff should be aware of regarding that child,” Santamaria said.

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