Various children activities give Reno pride
by Jordan Rasmussen, Outpost staff
Jan Peck raised two intelligent children in Reno and says that not much has changed since the days when she was a stay-at-home mom.
"Not a lot of the things here are different," Peck says. "There is still dance, softball, any sport that my kids wanted to get into. There is still the junior ski program where kids can learn to ski, and it keeps costs down for parents."
The various services with reasonable price is something Reno can be proud of, she said. She did see a proliferation of programs and childcare services.
"I have noticed a huge increase in day-care facilities and in after school programs for kids today," Peck says. "I think this will have to continue with the coming of the year-round program in all the schools and with families needing two incomes and having both parents working."
Peck said she had been staying at home before Jennifer, her second child, went in kindergarten. At that time, they did not have great programs like the ones at Rancho San Rafael Park today.
Today, Sid, 25, Peck's oldest child, has graduated from Portland State University, and her second child Jennifer, 23, has left for Seattle to finish at the University of Washington the degree she began at the University of Nevada, Reno.
And Peck has worked for Dickson Reality for 18 years. But she still keeps up with what is going on as a board member of Reno's St. John's Presbyterian Church daycare center.
Looking back, Peck attributes much of the ease of her parenting to the fact that she has a good, connected family in Reno. Her mother as well as three sisters all live in Reno.
"Everyone's here," Peck says. "There is a total of 13 cousins (of her children) between my sisters and I."
Posted Dec. 16,