Message from Our Founder

We at Polite Piggy’s Day Camp know that all children deserve lots of love, boat-loads of fun and careful attention to their needs, thoughts, fears and dreams. We also know that the safe and caring environment that we provide all children gives them the space to grow and become what they believe they can become.

My name is VanNessa Duckett. I am the owner and daily administrator at Polite Piggy’s Camp. I have been a classroom teacher for over 16 years and working with children even longer! I attained a degree in School Administration to understand the larger context of working with large groups of children, parents, community and a full complement of staff members. Polite Piggy’s Camp was opened to offer a high-quality child care experience to families of small children for one summer. Seven years later, we are still growing, thinking and challenging ourselves to meet the needs of our families. School-aged children are a very special population and I am dedicated to understanding their needs–academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.

In the last seven years, we have many children who have “grown up” in the program and so we have expanded to serve children through the age of nine. The same care goes into preparing for the unique needs of our older children, lovingly called “the Big Kids.” As a result, we prepare specialized programs to serve their needs as well.

We look forward to meeting your family soon!

– VanNessa (a.k.a. VDT)

Polite Piggy’s Day Camp will expose children to things they never imagined and some will become things they never dreamed of because of that exposure. We believe that all children deserve an environment where many cultural experiences, differences and likenesses are celebrated, talked about and supported. We also believe that children must be allowed to just be! They need to have the freedom to find wiggling things under rocks, to explore the sand and water, time to enjoy slowed down moments full of nothing but their imaginations and friends.

We promise to give our children great doses of what they want and a great balance of what they need: structure, support, healthy meal options, games… oh, and a little homemade ice cream never hurt!

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