Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center Story
Founded in the Fall of 2014 with the vision to continue to provide the best child care for the families of Durango, Mrs. Vivienne has dedicated herself completely to seeing her passion flourish in the community. Mrs. Vivienne had been babysitting for multiple families in Durango since 2011, while putting herself through the Education program at Fort Lewis College, when she graduated in the Spring of 2014 she began to realize that the demand for her care, quality and attention to detail was becoming more than just a part time gig. Being a rule follower, she followed societies rules to get a job with her degree right after college and began working for the Durango School District in the Fall of 2014 as a full time substitute/school aid for any school that said yes to her daily availability. In addition to her new full time position in the field of work she believed she wanted to peruse, she continued to babysit and grow her Summer program. In the Summer of 2013 she officially applied for a child care license, again knowing that while she enjoyed the side gig of taking care of families, she understood the professionalism, legal implications and seriousness of what she was creating.
While she continued to juggle being a business owner, child care owner and full time School District employee, Mrs. Vivienne took another full time position during the 2015-2016 school year. It was during this second and last year of teaching, that Mrs. Vivienne realized her values of caring for families did not align with in a public school classroom. She left the classroom in the Spring of 2016 with the intention of focusing on her values of caring for the families of the Durango community 100% as Nifty Nanny.
The Spring of 2017 she moved into her very own classroom at the Smiley Building, a huge upgrade from a storage closet. The Fall of 2017 brought more big opportunities, as her partnership with The Juniper School was founded during her first year of saying "yes". As her dreams began to unfold in front of her, she continued to work hard to bring her passion, values and vision to life.
Currently, Mrs. Vivienne's classroom in the Smiley Building is one of the cutest, fun spaces in a multifunctional office, dance and Cafe building. Located on the old gymnasium floor, many former Smiley Junior High Students love to stop and check out her space.
Her Summer Program is still a huge hit and is the highlight of her programs.
She still partners with The Juniper School to offer their after school program.