Staff

Denise - Owner

After working in the corporate world for nearly 20 years, Denise decided to make the jump into her life-long dream and passion in opening a childcare. For two years, she planned, consulted with professionals and attended numerous classes and training before opening FTKP in 2015 and she doesn't regret one minute of it!

April - Business Partner

April worked in the accounting field for most her working career. When Denise approached her in 2013 about opening a non-traditional, new-to-Michiana childcare, April was all in and has been a part of every step along the way! 


A little tidbit about Denise & April - they are sisters and in one of their college business courses they had together, they developed a business plan for a unique childcare. For many years, they would dream and talk about making that jump... until they finally did!

Suzy

Miss Suzy is our Early Child Learning Teacher and Sr. Explorers Camp Coordinator. She was one of our first families that used our services and has seen first-hand how our services can benefit local families. 


Suzy has enjoyed working with children since her 1st babysitting job in high school. Now more than 20 years later, she has worked with infants all the way to Pre-K, both locally and around the world. Suzy and her husband spent two years in Panama working with youth. 

Janeth

Miss Janeth is a Childcare Specialist, Jr. Explorers Camp Coordinator and our Events Coordinator. 


Janeth, who moved to Indiana from Texas, had volunteered at a local gym daycare. "Working with kids is a wonderful adventure each day and I love watching the world through their eyes"! She has been involved in dance since the age of 6 and has gotten the chance to teach kids of all ages. Janeth's long term goal is to work as a pediatric nurse. 

Mercy

Miss Mercy is a Penn High School graduate, was a Penn High girls rugby player, and worked her Senior year at PHM's Kids Club. She's currently pursuing her degree in Criminal Justice at Southwestern Michigan College. 


The kids love Miss Mercy! You'll often find Mercy engaged in all the activities and keeping the kids safe and happy! Mercy is one of our Childcare Specialists and the Jr. Explorers Camp assistant.

Melanie

Miss Melanie is currently attending Southwest Michigan College for Business.


Melanie, a previous nanny, loves working with children. She uses her expertise as one of our Childcare Specialists.

Melissa

Miss Melissa is one of our Childcare Specialists. You will often find her working in the PM. 


In her spare time, Melissa puts her artistic abilities into decorating cakes! If you're interested, contact her at: https://www.facebook.com/JEMCakesNiles/

Molly

Miss Molly grew up in South Bend and graduated from IU Bloomington with a degree in Psychology. She eventually wants to pursue her Masters in Social Work, so she can one day "become a therapist for children or adolescents". Molly currently works at Penn High School as an Education Assistant.


Molly is one of our Childcare Specialists and the Explorers Summer Camp assistant.

Allison

Miss "Allie" graduated from St. Joseph High School and now attends Xavier University in Cincinnati for Elementary Education. She has enjoyed working with kids ever since her first babysitting job and enjoys continuing this passion at FTKP and in her schooling!


Allie uses this expertise as one of our Seasonal Childcare Specialists.

Kayla

Miss Kayla is currently studying animation and VFX at Purdue University. In her free time she likes to draw and paint.


Kayla uses this creativity as one of our Seasonal Childcare Specialists. 

Emily

Miss Emily is our PM Volunteer and is amazing with getting the kids engaged in different activities! 


When Emily isn't volunteering for us, she is busy working. If you're looking for someone to clean your home or business, Emily is the perfect person! Contact her at Clean Em's: EmilyWilton.CFSB@gmail.com