Who is the Directress of Imagination?
My name is Jenn Conceicao. Originally I am from Massachusetts, however from 2004-2015 I lived in San Diego, CA and most recently here in Cedar Point, NC. I went to Bentley University in Waltham,MA and majored in International Studies and Minored in Management and Spanish. I love to travel the world and keep busy with my little guy.
Where did the idea of Imagination Playce begin?
I guess you can say San Diego is where my dream began. Maybe you can say it all started due to a kiss because I can 100% say if it wasn't for meeting one very special man I would not be where I am now. I would be working at a corporation 100% satisfied with being a doggy mom and 75% satisfied as a working professional which is where I maintained employment in a few large corporations from 2004-2012 as a business development manager.
I met my current husband Hernani in San Diego through a mutual friend. We became friends pretty easily and started to date a few years after we met. In 2012 we became pregnant with our son. We got married and my life forever changed when our son was born. My son hypnotized me and I wanted nothing more than to be there to nuture and protect and help him grow and develop. I knew I could not work in sales the way I had previously and I stayed home with him for 4 1/2 beautiful years. During those 4 1/2 years my husband and I have been fortunate enough to give him many wonderful and worldy experiences through childrens art,music, swim classes, zoo's, travel, and various childrens activities and musuems. I loved that part of our day and the culture and lust for learning it cultivated in him. I knew when he turned about 10 months old that my calling was to open a place that would provide that for him and other children.
It wasn't until I moved here to Cedar Point, NC that the timing was right to actually make my dream come true. The children here are so pure and sweet. They are fortunate to have beach and nature and parents and grandparents that are loving and present for their lives. I am here to add to their childhood and provide something different that I feel Cedar Point needs. I was looking for a space that had just enough room inside AND an outside area and we found that in December of 2016. We then worked with Cedar Point Town Hall and Western Carteret County Offices to make sure everything was up to code. We jumped through a few hoops and April 25, 2017 we got approved to change the zoning and make this space zoned to have children inside. Since then we have furiously been knocking down walls, putting others up, painting, installing flooring etc to make this the playce we had envisioned it to be.
Update 2018: We have been open since August of 2017. During the past year I have loved getting to know the children and families that have come through our doors. I have realized in the past year that I LOVE watching the children learn so much that I am now opening a preschool. I have noticed a huge need in the area and decided to take Imagination Playce in that direction. I still will offer Drop Off Care, Parents Nights Out and Birthday Parties as well! The past year has been awesome! Thank you to all the families that trust me with their children! I love what I do!
Update 2019: We finished our first full year of preschool. We had full classes in all AM and PM sessions and boy did we learn a lot! The kids, assistants, and I worked so hard on communication, being kind, loving ourselves and others, how to handle our own needs and what are good vs bad choices. The children learned letters and their sounds, what letters are in their names, how to spell and write their names, they learned numbers and basic math and patterns and boy did we play! What a fantastic year that ended with a beautiful preschool graduation for those moving on to kindergarten and a fantastic end of year pool party for everyone else. Thank you to all of the parents for trusting me and allowing me to be a part of your childrens development. Each one of you has touched me and I have loved every minute!