Wolf Pup Daycare
Wolf Pup Daycare celebrated its grand opening in August 2014.
With a capacity of 190 children, Wolf Pup Daycare is the third largest
daycare in the state of North Dakota, behind daycare facilities in Grand
Forks and Bismarck.
“The new daycare is incredible,” said Katie Walters, fundraising
coordinator and business manager of Wolf Pup Daycare. “It really will
accommodate many of those who were seeking daycare previously - plus
many who have yet to return to the work force since daycare was not
Tessa Moberg, owner of Wiggles & Giggles Daycare, has taken over
Wolf Pup Daycare as the director and she has closed the doors to her own
daycare in Watford City.
The daycare has rooms for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It’s very
well-segregated by age groups, Moberg said. The preschoolers are located
“The preschool will have a great impact by preparing so many more
children for their school years,” Walters said. “The facility itself is
well-designed, well-built, and well-run. Parents will feel confident
that they are leaving their children in a safe, nurturing environment.”
Each room has a different animal theme, Moberg said. Even the exterior of the building has a “barn” look to it.
There are three outdoor playgrounds - one for preschoolers, one for
toddlers, and one for infants, equipped with foam ramps and such.
“Our winters are so long and cold, so we planned for something indoors for the kids too,” Moberg said.
During cold winter months or rainy days, the children will still get to
play indoors in the rec room, which will have scooters, basketball and
“Many efforts were made to include Tessa (Moberg) in the early designs
of the building to make sure we were including the elements that would
make it a great daycare,” Walters said. “We included specific features
like the commercial kitchen and the multi-purpose play room so that the
children could be healthy and get the exercise they need - even when we
have subzero temperatures.”
Finding funding for this $4.7 million daycare facility took a lot of
time and fundraising. Walters, along with many others, put in a lot of
time and effort to raise funds to make this project come together.
Nearly $1.2 million of the cost was donated by companies in the
“It was clear that the need for increased capacity and a better building
for daycare was past due,” Walters said. “I was happy to help with the
fundraising because so many people were without quality care for their
children. I understood the need for the best facility we could provide
while keeping the rates as low as possible.”
Walters has two children of her own and said she understands the need
for a parent to know that their children are safe, happy and
well-prepared for their entire lives.
“We made sure to design it for the children with parents’ concerns in
mind,” Walters said. “I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to
participate on the project and I am very proud of the end result. I
think we were able to achieve the best we could with the resources
For seven years, Moberg owned and operated Wiggles & Giggles. She
has a passion for caring for and helping children grow.
“I was always known as the town baby-sitter in Watford City when I was
growing up,” Moberg said. “We have always had the need for daycare here -
that’s why I opened Wiggles & Giggles.”
Moberg could name each one of the children at her daycare by name. She
makes it a point to get to know them and their parents. When the
children are walking through the hallways with their class, they smile,
wave and give her hugs.
“It’s a 15-minute process going into their rooms just to drop something
off because they all want to say ‘hi’ and talk,” Moberg said. “But
that’s what I love about it. They just teach me so much - you can learn a
lot at a daycare.”
For more information about rates and enrollment at Wolf Pup Daycare,
visit the link below or the facility at 325 3rd Street SE in Watford City.
operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Wolf Pup Daycare is a nonprofit 501c 3 childcare center