Pride & Joy's founder, Gina Lang, opened her doors to families in our community in 1998, after her daughter was born, and after working as an early childhood educator since 1990. Pride & Joy was founded as a family-home daycare licensed for five children, with the intent of creating a professional early childhood experience for children and families, in a home like environment.
This philosophy lead Pride & Joy's mission in designing a program, which combines family comfort, along with the many benefits of an early-childhood education program. The combination of family style, professional programming became instantly popular with families, creating an instant waiting list. One year later, in an effort to meet the growing demand for our quality services, Pride & Joy grew, and became a group family daycare, licensed to care for 12 children
With continued support from family and friends, Pride & Joy grew into a larger facility, where we were able to expand our professional, family-friendly program, to a capacity of 53 children. This new location opened in October of 2003 and was again, fully enrolled shortly there after.
As the popularity of the program continued to grow, Pride & Joy expanded by opening a second location on East Henrietta Road in January 2005. This new location catered to the needs of families with older children, providing before & after school care, summer camp and Universal Pre-K. The addition of, ”Pride & Joy Too” expanded the program to a total of 75 children. At that time Pride & Joy began making plans to combine their popular programs into one facility, custom built, to meet all of their needs under one, carefully thought out roof.
In September 2008 Pride & Joy moved to our new home, located in West Henrietta, and expanded our program, to care for 106 children, plus Universal Pre-K. The new facility boasts an indoor large motor room with a rock-climbing wall, custom designed classrooms outfitted with child size fixtures, a security entry system and family reception area complete with an a.m. coffee spot. This time, Pride & Joy was fully enrolled 9 months before opening!
In 2005 Gina was awarded a start-up grant from the Office of Child & Family Services, to open a new center in Avon. This center was named Joyful Beginnings, and followed the same programming & principals as Pride & Joy in Henrietta. Licensed for 116 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age, Joyful Beginnings opened in the fall of 2006, and has been known as the premier choice for childcare in Avon, NY and through out Livingston County.
As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary in business, in the year 2018, we are proud to announce that Joyful Beginnings will be moving to a brand new, custom built location, and changing it's name to Pride & Joy of Avon! The new location will be located in Crossroads Commerce Park in Avon, located on 2.2 acres of land, and conveniently located just off 390!