BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dreams are coming true for a Buffalo business owner during the pandemic. And her success means helping local families along the way.
“I feel blessed, I feel blessed. At the same time, it’s extremely nerve wracking to start a business during this time," said Danielle Kinsman.
It's been a six year journey for Kinsman and her business Jumped Up Jellybeans Daycare Center.
7 Eyewitness News brought you her story last year, when she was running her business from her home in the Ken-Ton area. The state recognized her hard work, citing her as an example for her good work and clean record.
"To be noticed is a great feeling I'm really proud of that," said Kinsman.
Since then, she's expanded and upgraded her space, moving to this building at 1365 Hertel Ave.
"It’s a lot of change, just from going from your house to a center. It’s a lot more responsibility, having 30 children in your care versus eight," said Kinsman.
And then there’s the added difficulty of coping with COVID-19.
"It feels like the times are just changing, so we just need to do what we can to make it happen,” said Kinsman.
She's doing just that by using her extra space to help even more families.
"The center has actually gone from a center to half of a virtual learning center for children who need help with their school work," said Kinsman.
She’s stepping up, in a time when so many families need the help.
"I think it’s very important just for them to have some stability. Maintaining an everyday routine is so important to their mental health," said Kinsman.
And because the need is so high around the county, she’s almost at capacity, but she says there a few spots left for babies. Prices start at around $50 a day.