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Clarissa Cawston works with three of her children at Coulee Dam’s “Coulee Kids Day Care.” Pictured, from the left are, Abbie Goodwin, 3; Cawston; Daley Larmie, 2; and Lakiyah Wolf, 1. Cawston says she runs the daycare like a school with lesson plans and all. — Roger S. Lucas photo

Coulee Dam has a new licensed day care.

The day care center, at 1111 Central Drive, is run by Clarissa Cawston and is designed to take care of 12 children, from 6 months to 12 years of age.

She has named it “Coulee Kids Day Care.”

Cawston has designed the daycare center to be somewhat like a preschool, with educational materials including lesson plans and learning opportunities. It’s an opportunity for her to exercise her education degree from Washington State University and still be home with her daughter.

Currently, Cawston says, she has six of the 12 children that her space is designed for.

Her residence on Central Drive has a large, full basement, which houses her daycare space.

Cawston’s operation is licensed by the state of Washington, the Colville Tribes and she has a business license from the town of Coulee Dam.

She has her AA and bachelor degrees and Cawston has lined up one full time employee and six substitutes.

Cawston said she plans to offer a “date night” feature: on certain occasions she will let the parents bring their child to the daycare center for a couple of hours so the parents can go out for dinner. She said that this is being planned for every other Friday night.

She serves both breakfast and lunch, along with a snack during the day.

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