Parents seek daycare solution

after-school care

As the parent of a child with a disability, Trista Zettergreen knows the difficulty of finding appropriate after-school care.

But rather than continue to search for child care for her son, Andrew, Zettergreen and her partner, Jeff Teale, are taking a pro-active approach by opening their own daycare that will specialize in caring for children from ages 12 to 18.

“We are a new business that will be specializing in helping parents who have a special needs child at home and are in need of daycare facilities,” said Zettergreen. “At this point, we are asking for input from  parents, grandparents or family members who have a child with disabilities that are finding it hard to keep their child occupied and who are in need of some after-school child care while they are working.”

When Zettergreen and Andrew, 12, lived in Salmon Arm, she had daycare in place. But since moving to Vernon in April, she’s found it a challenge.

“It’s been a nightmare,” she said.

Teale, who is a trained care aide, has stepped in and is providing after-school care for Andrew, who is in Grade 6 at Silver Star  elementary school.

The couple is busy exploring options for child care space for their new business, Heart to Heart Services, as well as seeing what kind of interest there may be in such a facility.

“We’ve spoken to agencies such as NOYFSS (North Okanagan youth and Family Services Society) and NONA and they have all been very supportive of our idea,” said Teale.

He and Zettergreen hope to be able to offer specialized care in helping with homework, working on socialization skills, aiding in teaching positive personal hygiene skills, and a variety of life skills  such as cooking, cleaning and teaching the value of money.

There will be a wide range of outings planned, including activities such as bowling, swimming lessons, weekly trips to the grocery store, park outings depending on weather and recreational activities.

“Andrew has been very enthusiastic and is making lots of suggestions for field trips and outings,” said Zettergreen. “We are encouraging the public to share their input and let us know if you know someone who could benefit from our services and know of different activities that we could be doing to help better assist youth with disabilities.”

For more information on Heart to Heart Services, please call Zettergreen and Teale at 1-778-475-5460 by cell at 250-550-5829 or e-mail

“We look forward to  hearing more input on ways to better asisst us in opening the daycare, so please feel free to contact us,” said Zettergreen.


Just Posted

Vernon Pee Wee Vipers blitz Penticton

Teigan Kelly scores three times as home side rolls to 9-4 minor hockey league victory

Vernon columnist seeks stories for potential book

Carole Fawcett of The Morning Star’s Boomer Talk column wants to hear from boomers and seniors

North Okanagan Knights split with Summerland

Each team record KIJHL victories on home ice in weekend home-and-home series

Vernon Vipers avenge mid-week loss to Chilliwack

Vipers roll to 4-1 BC Hockey League victory Saturday on home ice

Grey, damp, warm week ahead in Okanagan, Shuswap, Columbia

Environment Canada calling for clouds and showers, and warm temperatures, throughout the area

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Boats once plied Okanagan Lake

Lake was used as transportation corridor connecting communities in the valley

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

Most Read