Pictured left to right: Renae Desautels, Krista Lacroix and Greg Desautels

Desautels Open Child Development Center in SB

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Friday June 03, 2011

It is a homecoming for brother and sister Greg and Renae Desautels. Both grew up here and attended Orchard , Tuttle and South Burlington High School.  On Monday, May 16, 2011 the pair opened the doors of their fourth childcare location at 1820 Shelburne Road.  Greg and Renae are delighted to be serving the community in which they grew up and Renae currently resides with her husband and four children.

Leaps and Bounds originated in Essex in 2005 when Renae left the social work field in pursuit of a career where she could be with children more, including her own.  As a social worker Renae felt like children were entering kindergarten without necessarily having the self-help skills they needed. Leaps And Bounds is a curriculum based program with an emphasis in preparing children for school socially and emotionally.  The Williston location opened in 2008 and the third in Milton in January 2011.

In 2010, Greg retired from an over seas corporate position to return to Vermont and support the business as more than just an investor. Today Leaps and Bounds has become a true family business. In his retirement as an attorney, Gerald Desautels, Greg and Renae’s father, is a regular fixture at all of the locations doing odd jobs or errands. Gerald’s brother Ed Desautels coordinates all of the construction and maintance for all sites and his wife Collette works full time as the book keeper.  Cousin Bill Terrien has moved back to Vermont to oversee afterschool programs.  Although not a relative by blood, but equally considered family, Executive Director Krista Lacroix, of South Burlington, does the enrollment and hiring for all four locations.  Krista has been with Leaps and Bounds since its inception in 2005.

Leaps and Bounds is open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  They offer full- and part-time care for children six weeks to twelve years.

SOURCE: Leaps & Bounds