Home Away from Home Daycare
2517 Dipper Ln Manhattan Ks
Owner- Nichol Brace
License # 0693002-011
Located on west side of Manhattan, close to Ft Riley Blvd, easy access to Junction City/Ft. Riley
Nichols Cell- (can talk or text) 785-341-3148

Established in 2011 in Manhattan, Ks
Formerly located at 765 Eliing Dr & 1528 Givens Rd

Being a family-owned & operated business, I strive to  give your child that personal touch they need to prepare them for the roads ahead When your away from your child at work or school you need HELP with your child in so many more ways then just a babysitter. 
At Home Away From Home Toddler Care my staff & I work hard in providing exceptional child care using empathy, ensuring safety & well being. Your child's happiness, security, and education they receive when their away from Home is so substantial. 
Unfortunately this day & age both parent's have to work to make ends meet, also their are so many single parents like myself struggling to make ends meet.
 If you must be away from your toddler for 20 or more hours a week HAFH is the perfect place for them to be. Your toddler needs a place that feels like Home but has a structured environment.  Parents to feel secure about their child's care when they are at work, and  we are committed in giving the best care possible so you can do just that! No struggle at drop off, and a nice worry free day!
This is just some of what your child will be learning at HAFH.
  • Building relationships with peers
  • Socialization Skills 
  • Growing with Confidence
  • Feelings/Its OK to feel, proper coping skills
  • Negotiation & Sharing 
  • Counting, sorting, matching, what comes first etc... (math)
  • Days of week & months, seasons
  • Letter sounds with Zoo-phonics (used in a lot of preschools)
  •  Dramatic play, interaction through play with teachers & peers
  • Large & Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Potty training
  • Color recognition
  • Story time/ reading
There is so much more to list...So many possibilities. It is up to your toddler, as I once taught a 3 year old to read. :)
We teach toddlers all day, even at lunch by asking them what they are eating the color the foods are on their plate? If it is a fruit or vegetable? Where does their milk come from? Does milk have to be cold? 
When you toddler enters Grade K they will be ready to conquer school and succeed with confidence. 
Thank you for reading this.
I have over a dozen reference's that will tell you the change they have seen in their toddler since they started at HAFH. :)

    Home Away from Home is a Toddler & Preschooler Educational Facility with a home daycare atmosphere.
We separate into 2 groups with a ratio of 1 provider to 6 children doing age appropriate interactive play & activities so every child gets the attention they deserve. Sometimes we play games all as a group and as teams :) Lots of fun! 
Home Away from Home Toddler Care unique for children 18 months and older. Teaching toddlers as they explore through dramatic play, socializing with peers as they build relationships & grow with confidence. Learning emotional skills such as empathy, negotiation, and cooperation in an exceptionally loving, safe, fun and clean environment. Thank you

Please see my Education/Supervision/Guidance page at the top of the link for more info (sample schedule) etc...

@2011 Home Away From Home Daycare. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. brace.home@gmail.com or Call or text 785-341-3148

Hours of Operation 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday- Friday(6:00 am available upon request)
Ask about Discounted Rates for families who qualify!!!!!! 

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5 Star Rating Customers Reviews posted on HAFH Facebook page, ads I had posted for care, etc..

                                        Parent's Reviews

Melissa Kay Fernandez- 5 Star The teachers, Heather, Nicky, and Gram-ma Bunny are amazing. They are great with the kids and help them learn and get ready for school.

Bunny Brace- 5 Star There are 2 childcare providers there at all times so children are very well taken care of . Children not only learn social skills but are also introduced to zoo phonics and other basic early learning skills. Most importantly they are give a lot of love. A great place for all ages of children . Both providers have many years of experience . Can't say enough good things about Nichol and Heather.

Eric S. Reed-5 Star I had my 2 girls there for a few years during our assignment at Fort Riley they really enjoyed it at Home Away from Home. The owner is a great person and she really goes out of her way to take great care of the kids and help the parents out when ever she can. She was not only a great child care provider for my kids but she is a great friend. We were lucky to have found someone so special and so good to our kids during our stay in Kansas. I wish we could have packed her up and took her with us to Tennessee and I know my little girls miss her and the other kids very much. Eric 

Sarah Myers- 5 star My daughter has been with Home Away From Home since she was just one year old. It was very hard for me to leave her with someone else. But Nichol made the transition going smooth. My daughter loves her and gets excited when she knows she is going to see her her and Heather, Nichol's helper.

Kirsti Glotzbach- 5 star-This daycare is amazing! My son started attending Nichol's daycare at around 8 months and he is now 3 years old. I wouldn't dream of taking him anywhere else. He looks forward to the time he spends there and he learns so much. She not only give quality care but she teaches him things to get ready for preschool as well! Great facility! Great provider!

Trish Rhodes -5 Star I've been with Nicky for a few years now. My baby girl has some health conditions that sometimes required special attention and she has always been great with her needs. She goes above what a normal daycare center would. Very reasonable prices to

Ty B. Nguyen-Reed-5 Star Home Away From Home Daycare is a great place for my two children. My children thrive and grow under Nichol's caring supervision. They loved her. She cares for them like their own. Because of Nichol's attentive and caring service, I did not have to worry about them when I am at work at Ft. Riley, KS. She provides wonderful care. I recommend to anyone that needs excellent, affordable childcare service that they should consider Home Away Home Daycare as their first choice.

Christine Kirby-**AMAZING DAYCARE HAS OPENINGS**Awesome...and I mean an incredible daycare provider has two openings. Home Away From Home Daycare. 785.341.3148. Ask for Nicole. She is located in Manhattan, KS. She is the daycare provider to my child and the name of her daycare speaks for itself. She is wonderful with your children, is working on her CDA to teach preschool AND she has a lovely home that is toy heaven for children. Call her today because she fills up quick!

​Melinda Martinez reviewed Home Away From Home Daycare — 5 star
July 11 at 10:52pm  
After interviewing several providers I decided to give Home Away from Home a try and I don't regret it. My son loves it there. The children are always learning while having fun, the completed activities are proof. There is a great balance between Nicky, Heather and Grandma Bunny. My son has been attending since Feb 2016 and his vocabulary has improved dramatically.

Joshua Detlie My kids loves it

Nicky Brace Thanks Josh we sure miss you guys I bet the twins are big!!!!

Lindsay Savage Love love love this daycare! My baby girl absolutely loves it here. They are family to her!

Angie Dowling Home Away From Home is a great place for your kids. My grandson has been there 2 years and we both love it. Great facility & staff.

Maarit Blastick I agree! Home Away From Home is amazing place. Our 3 y/o have been going there for 6 months now and really enjoys it there. Professional staff, great facility and a new
 outdoor play area!

Reviews: There are 2 reviews for this provider.  Reviews posted on Carecenter.com

Rated 5 star by Melissa on 2016-11-07 13:33:22
I love Miss Nicky and Miss Heather. I have never dropped off my daughter and went to work worrying one time about her safety. She has learned so much since she has been there. She was enrolled in August and already counts to 15 she is only 2 yrs. old. She talks so much, and at her other daycare she cried every day when dropped off. Now she cry's when she must go home!!!Best thing I did for my daughter I wish I had enrolled her earlier!!!

Rated 5 star by John on 2016-11-05 05:36:29
Comment: I have toured this facility and I must say I was very impressed. Many home day cares do not offer the adequate space or are set up with as much equipment for the toddlers to learn & play with. You won’t see one bucket of battery operated toys!! I had mistaken it for a preschool until my wife corrected me. 
Very clean, pleasant atmosphere my daughter didn't want to leave. The neatest part was the gal that runs it made most of her equipment instead of buying it! 
We are waiting to get in patiently!!

Reference letter

To whom it may concern:

Nicky has been watching my son, Alex, for awhile. This was his first daycare, and he was very upset the first couple days I dropped him off. He warmed up quickly and Nicky was wonderful with him! He is always so happy to show me the cool toys when I go to pick him up. He has learned so much since he has been with Nicky. He can now say many words, when he was only saying momma and dada when he started. She has always been very attentive and let's me know if Alex gets any scrapes from falling down (as young kids do). I couldn't imagine Alex anywhere else! I love how she is always telling me the things they did that day and is affectionate towards my son. It's the way I want him to be raised and I'm glad that she is the one he spends his time with.

Kirsti Glotzbach

​Home Away From Home Toddler Care is a Home based licensed daycare with a Unique look & creative style of a school. Toddlers love coming to their Home Away from Home, walking in with confidence, feeling safe & secure. Their ready to conquer another day Learning something New!!!! 
Were teaching children during every Interaction at HAFH!
We participate in Raising Riley, and DCF certified.
JC Family Food Association Member, Feeding Healthy Meals!!!