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EOT childcare group names Providers of Year

The East Ottertail Daycare Association has named two as Providers of the Year for 2006:Jodi Haman and Kari Gaudette. The association along with the police department held their annual fingerprinting. The organization's annual bike giveaway will b...

The East Ottertail Daycare Association has named two as Providers of the Year for 2006:Jodi Haman and Kari Gaudette.

The association along with the police department held their annual fingerprinting. The organization's annual bike giveaway will be held during the Week of the Young Child Oct. 23-27.

The association's donations included the Giving Tree, New Years baby gift and post-prom party.

Jodi Haman

Jodi Haman and her husband Jason have four children: Austin 10; Kyndall, 8; Carter, 5; and Kyra, 9 months. Treasured Tykes Daycare is located 7 miles north of Perham just off of Highway 8 and has been open for 4 years now (previously located in Mahnomen for an additional 4 years) and serves families in the New York Mills and Perham School Districts.

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Jodi has been active in Caring Connections, Stories on the Go and the East Otter Tail Professional Childcare Association for 4 years. She says she feels truly blessed to be able to stay home with her own four children and yet given the opportunity to teach and love other children that enter her care.

"Each child has taught me something new or reminded me of how precious the small stuff really is. The future truly is held in the eyes of a child."

Currently Jodi has seven children enrolled. She would like to thank all her families for their support over the years, a great memories and friendships.

In her spare time Jodi enjoys quilting, shopping, walking and family and friends. Jodi will be attending the 19th Annual Week of the Family Childcare Provider banquet celebration at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Oct. 28.

Kari Gaudette

Kari Gaudette and her husband Erik have three children Erik 13; Dustin, 9; and Derin, 4. Kari's Kozy Childcare is located in rural Ottertail off of Cty Rd 54.

Kari serves families from the following school districts: New York Mills, Perham and Henning. Kari is a member of the EOTPCCA and is currently the secretary for the third time. Kari would like to thank all of the wonderful families she has had the opportunity to serve and her family for their support and help.

Kari will be attending the state provider banquet Oct. 28 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.

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