The second hourly drop-in day care to enter the Greenville market is under construction at 21 Orchard Park Drive, near Haywood Road.
KidZone, a non-franchise concept owned by local residents Brock and Donna Quinn, will open this spring in the former grocery store space in the Orchard Village shopping center.
The first drop-in day care option to enter the Upstate market, Giggles Drop-In Childcare, is a North Carolina-based franchise that opened its first Greenville location in December 2017 on Augusta Road and has a second location under construction at Pelham 85.
The Quinns will be transforming the 5,000-square-foot space in the same retail center as Outback Steakhouse into a child care center that can care for infants as young as 12 weeks on up to 12-year-olds. The play space will have a completely separate area for infants and toddlers, per Department of Social Services regulations.
Donna Quinn saw a need for short-term, short-notice child care while her husband, who has spent the last 14 years in the Air Force Reserve, was deployed twice.
“During these deployments and monthly duty, he is away, making child care arrangements difficult,” she says.
After stumbling upon an hourly child care business, she determined it was a service Greenville could use.
“If I, myself, need this service, so do other parents,” she says.
Donna Quinn, who will serve as director and owner of KidZone, has an associate degree in early care and education from Greenville Technological College and more than 14 years of child care experience in daycares, churches, and private homes.
“I love to work with children, and it truly is my passion,” she says. “I enjoy watching children discover and learn new things.”
KidZone will have free play but also structured craft times that go with the theme of the week appropriately designed for all ages. Structured playtimes may include hide-and-go-seek and tag, Brock Quinn says. He says a main goal is to keep the children active while they’re at KidZone.
“KidsZone [will] help parents get life done while their children have fun with active and social play,” Donna Quinn says.
Planned hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-midnight. Sundays will be reserved for afternoon birthday parties from 1-6 p.m. Prices are $9 an hour for the first child older than 3 years old or $10 per hour for the first child younger than 3 years old. Additional children are $4 per hour for the second child of any age and $3 per hour for any number of children of any age after that.