Wellington got her start at Kiddie Castle, formerly owned by St. Francis Hospital, before she began serving working families and caring for children in her home. She did this for more than 30 years.
During the dedication ceremony, Lauren Lynch and Chloe Johnson, two of her former daycare children, spoke about what it meant to be one of “Peggy’s Kids.” Both Lauren and Chloe described Wellington’s house as a home away from home. It was a place where home-cooked meals were served, holidays and birthdays were vastly celebrated, and above all, children were loved.
A significant gift was made by family, friends and families which became family to formally dedicate the wing as the Peggy Wellington Family Infant & Toddler Wing.
“Honoring Peggy in the new child care center was a vision created by my former intern, Chloe Johnson,” Megan Jennings, development director for the St. Francis Foundation, said. “As I have gotten to know the Wellington family and the families that Peggy served, I can’t think of a better place to honor the love and care that she provided to so many families in this community.”
The Infant & Toddler Wing at the Mosaic Child Care & Education Center is filled with 40 children ready to explore and take on the world. Their parents are the working families making a difference in the community.
“There is no better person than Peggy Wellington to look up to as we live our mission and look ahead to our vision of providing quality, affordable and accessible child care,” said Dr. Pradnya Patet, director of the Mosaic Preschool & Education Center. “We are honored to have our infant toddler wing named after her. Thank you for your generosity.”