Meet the Owner
My name is Jennifer Kelly. I am the owner of the Gift of Kids Daycare and Preschool. I’ve lived in El Dorado Hills for over 7 years with my two children and husband of 15 years.
My journey began as I was left disappointed in my search for “the right” childcare for my son.
After going through five different childcare programs, and soon expecting my daughter, I really began to reflect upon the needs of my family. It was then that I decided to change my career focus and venture into childcare. My vision then and continues to be now: provide a nurturing, loving, safe, and educational environment for every child.
On June 10, 2000, I opened my home to three newborns, two 2 year olds, and a 3 year old.
That day I knew this was my calling. Everything felt natural. I went back to school, started a preschool program, incorporated nutritional home cooked meals, planned outings, and structured daily activities that engaged the children and fostered learning.
In 2004, I opened a large in-home daycare to serve the needs of more families searching for quality childcare and preschool in the El Dorado Hills area. In 2007, I expanded my horizons, and opened a preschool facility known as “FasTrac Kids”. We served 60 families’ preschool needs while I continued my in-home daycare for working parents.
In June of 2010, I had an opportunity to expand my business and move to a large building on an acre here in El Dorado Hills. It has been a dream to be able to serve so many children, and give families the satisfaction that I never felt when my son was in daycare. I pride myself in providing a safe place for children to come to. In a year’s time, we’ve quickly grown to 200 children and 24 teachers. Yes, the size is large, but the classrooms have a homey feel with teachers who truly care about the children’s development. We work together on communicating with parents and developing each child’s individual needs. It thrills me that so many children have the opportunity now to experience our program.