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Mother of special needs child creates unique daycare

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Wednesday was the first day back to school for some kids and the first day ever for a new daycare in Saginaw Township.

It's a school with a unique focus on kids with special needs, and it's the first of its kind in the area.

"She was screaming, her face was red, and that was a concern for me," said Jenny Dumont, Founder and CEO.

Dumont's 9-year-old daughter Emma Grace is cognitively impaired. She struggled with daycare for years.

"She was having meltdowns four times in one week and I got called in to pick her up and when I got in the caregiver was doing the best she knew how. I got really frustrated and thought why isn't there a place for children like Emma," Dumont said.

Frustrated with traditional daycare, she created A Place For Grace. It's a safe haven for kids like Emma. 

The daycare has trained teachers in special education, and also special tools and toys to help them. 

"So this gives opportunity for parents who've not been able to go to work. Now there's somewhere for my child to go to and I can go get a job," Dumont said.

A Place for Grace is the first special needs child care in the area, but in Saginaw County there are more than 6,000 school-age kids with special needs.

The Saginaw Township located childcare center has a special spot called the sensory room.

The area is specialized to engage children who have a sensory deficiency.

"We also have cornered off areas for quiet space when there's sensory overload. They can't function like you and I find normal," Dumont said.

The center opens for back-to-school Sept. 2 and there are still 44 small chairs for kids to fill.

"I will tell you as a parent, one of the concerns is that my child is going to cause problems and make me look like a bad parent. But these kids don't need to be fixed, they just need to be helped," Dumont said.

The school is still enrolling children and interviewing for a few more staff positions.

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