By Eric E. Parris | Fort Carson Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — For more than 17 years, Isela Orona has provided one of the most essential services military Families value — caring for their children.
Orona, a Family member who lives in Kiowa Village on Fort Carson, is a Fort Carson Family Child Care (FCC) provider who provides care for six children, ages 7 months to 4 years old.
Her home is filled with activities that provide the children with learning opportunities every day. Walls are lined with posters of shapes and colors and children’s work is on display.
“We do a lot of learn by play, so for example if they’re playing at the little kitchen, they’re chefs,” Orona said. “They get to learn kind of a trade, and they learn about Family, too.”
Orona arrived at Fort Carson with her Family in October 2020 and was certified to accept children in her home in May.
FCC providers must go through training that includes classes on first aid, CPR, a food handlers class and providing medication to children, said Catalina Cole, Fort Carson FCC director. Background checks are required of those who want to become providers.
Classes are also offered on curriculum for daily lesson plans for providers.