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Lil#039; Folks teaches teachers, kids

At Lil' Folks Daycare, every day is a learning day for both children and staff members.

The daycare program at Fountain of Life Church

will be one year old in August, but assistant director Jennifer Bess she's learned as much as her charges have in the past year.

"I've learned that kids have different needs and you've got to be able to give them what they need," she said.

"And," she said, "you've got to be on guard for anything."

Bess said keeping toddlers aged one to school-age keeps her hopping.

"Working here keeps my young because I'm always jumping or running or singing," she said.

The Pentecostal church-run daycare on Hwy. 231 between Troy and Brundidge is open to all children.

"We take all kinds of babies," Bess said, "and color doesn't matter."

Of the six regular children who attend the church's week-day daycare, learning ABC's and numbers is interspersed with learning about God.

"If you instill the Lord at an early age, they'll come back to it when they need it," Bess said.

"They may stray, but they'll come back to the Lord."