About the owners
Since 1995, Steve and Jan Filkins have owned the Busy Box. Jan is the daughter of Joyce Jenkins, the founder of the center. Jan has worked at the Busy Box since 1982 as K4 teacher. Upon her mother’s retirement, she took on the duties of director in addition to continuing to teach the K4 class.
Jan graduated from Madison County High School in 1973 and has a BS in education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. Steve is a 1969 graduate of Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois. Steve holds a BA and MA from Bob Jones University. They are the parents of 2 sons, Seth and Timothy.
Their older son Seth holds a BS in Information Systems Management from Bob Jones University and is an IT Associate Director at UGA. He is married to Alyssa who is a graduate of Athens Technical College. She is a photographer and works from home while caring for their two children - Haley and Blake. Their younger son Timothy is a 2007 graduate of Bob Jones University with a BS in Nursing. He is currently working as an emergency department nurse. He married Kylie Hamlin in August, 2009. Timothy and Kylie have a daughter, Mattie, born in November 2012. Kylie is a graduate of UGA and works at the Cooperative Extension office in Athens.
History of The Busy Box Daycare Center
In the late 1960’s, Mrs. Joyce Jenkins (who is the mother of the current director, Jan Filkins) began caring for children in her home. After a couple of years, the demand for her services prompted Mrs. Jenkins to consider opening a center. The house that her husband had built for them as newlyweds was empty, and they began converting it into a day care center.
In 1970, the Busy Box became the first licensed center in Madison County. In 1984, an addition was built which is now used as our 3B classroom. The K4 building was completed in 1987.
In January 1995, Mrs. Jenkins retired and her daughter and son-in-law (Steve and Jan Filkins) bought the center.
Philosophy of Classroom Management
We believe that each child should be given the opportunity to grow and develop to his/her greatest ability. To this end, we employ many methods and activities to help each child meet goals that are appropriate to his/her age.
We strive to maintain a positive, loving environment and have consistent and reasonable rules and discipline at each age level. We seek the wisdom of God through His Word, the Bible, in the day-to-day activities here.
Our goal is that upon completion of our program the child will be intellectually, socially, spiritually, and physically ready to enter a more formal academic environment.