Antrim

Blossoms opens on March 9

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Blossoms, a new child care/early learning center for children six weeks to eight years ,will open at 3 High Street, Unit B in Antrim on March 9. The project has been a vision of the developers/teachers Heidi and Rick Risman-Jones, and began to take shape two years ago when they purchased an antique house on a centrally located site. The site is visible from 202 without the hazard of traffic, while abutting both commercial and residential zoning.

The historic 200-year-old house was lovingly renovated with a second unit built for the center; this created two individual spaces for two yards and parking. The house is available to rent residentially.

The child care building process took on its own life with a team: architect Kathy Przekaza, Sandford Engineering, Chris Johnson home builders, Shovelworks excavator, and attorney Jed Callen. A special thank you is extended to the Town of Antrim’s and its boards and departments for its guidance to help this vision become a reality. The center is now ready for the children to enjoy and was licensed Feb. 20.

Blossoms Early Learning Center is the spinoff of Homespun Daycare in New Boston, New Hampshire founded by Heidi Risman-Jones in 1995 in her home. Since 2010, Heidi has dedicated herself to opening a small commercial center. Heidi has over fifteen years of offering nurturing creative curriculum to children is the basis for Blossom’s curriculum. Blossom’s philosophy is to immerse your child in interesting lessons of, creative movement, art, literature, sports, math, tactile and social pretend play. Children are given choices in a variety of learning centers to encourage each child to develop at their own personal pace. This teaching philosophy is derived from theorists including Piaget and Montessori enriched with Heidi’s creative flair. Blossoms’ curriculum encourages development of cognitive, physical, emotional, and social growth encouraging positive self- esteem. The love of learning and an “I can try” attitude is needed for success throughout life. Your child’s first six years is the foundation for this success.

Heidi Risman-Jones has a degree in dance and kinesiology from the State University of Brockport and post graduate courses specializing in early education. She qualifies and will be the lead teacher/director at the center. All staff will meet or exceed State qualifications, have background checks and be strong team members in a cooperative learning environment. Heidi is certified in CPR and First Aid and AED.

Heidi Risman-Jones is the mother of three grown children. Two of her children hold masters degrees, and her youngest is now in college. She has been married to Richard Risman-Jones for thirty years and has lived in New Boston for twenty-five years. Heidi has served on the School Board in New Boston; Little People’s Depot and has volunteered at the Whipple Free Library Children’s room. Opening Blossoms Early Learning center is Heidi’s personal dream and she feels very fortunate to have this opportunity.

Watch for their grand opening celebration and future enrichment classes in the arts.

For more information call 588-2405, email info@blossomsabc.com or visit blossomsabc.com.

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