Snuggling down in comfort for nap time is now possible for preschoolers at Ravalli Head Start thanks to area quilters.
The “Quilts for Kids” group, one of two service groups that are a part of the Bitterroot Quilters Guild, brought 77 handmade quilts to a preschool classroom on Friday.
Ravalli Head Start, Inc. received a Duration Grant that provides for 60 percent of their classrooms to have six-hour days, Monday through Friday, and an extended year more aligned with the school district.
“We now have a rest time for our younger children that we haven’t had in the past,” said Kristin Segall, deputy director. “It is really special to think that our community has provided our children with a quilt they can keep here at school for their rest times.”
The brightly colored cotton and flannel quilts are a special smaller size and each is unique with themes of dogs, ducks, cows, Mickey Mouse, Captain America, lady bugs, hearts, and dozens more.
Every child can select their favorite.
Preschooler Jaycob Holden, 3, selected a sports-themed quilt featuring baseballs.
He was really more interested in organizing a tea with small table, chairs, plastic food and the new quilting friends he just met.
Quilter Ellen Kiedaisch said she heard about the extended-hours program in March and organized the efforts.
“These children will need a nap time during the day,” she said. “Each child will have a mat to lie on and a quilt from us. We are excited and thrilled to make quilts for them.”
Sarah Ives’ daughter received a quilt from the “Quilts for Kids” group at Early Head Start.
“My daughter, Rylie, received a quilt with images of shells and it is her favorite,” Ives said. “You do such great work – these are beautiful. I know the kiddos appreciate it so much.”
Quilter Marian Mendenhal said she joined the service group to…