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Janice Brown crowns Jalah Williams and AJ Henderson during the First Thing 1st Child Development Center’s A Night in Paris prom party, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Comfort Suites in Killeen.

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Caroline Roylance was smiling and swaying to music as she sat on her grandmother’s lap.

Caroline, 2, of Killeen, and her day care friends enjoyed an evening of wearing their nicest suits and dresses as they danced to music during the First Thing 1st Child Development Center’s day care prom Saturday at Comfort Suites in Killeen.

“It’s a great event,” said Caroline’s grandmother, Marilyn Friday, of Killeen. “It’s wonderful. ... Children need to learn about things like this early on.”

At least 25 day care attendees were at the “A Night in Paris” event, which the center’s director, Janice Brown, said gives children the opportunity to know what to expect when they get to high school.

“The parents trust us with the kids so we just wanted to do something different that nobody else has done so we decided to do a prom,” Brown said. “Some of these kids, it’ll be 12 years before they go to a prom so we thought it would be something nice to introduce to them.”

Brown said this is the second time the day care hosted a prom.

“My kids are so special,” she said. “Some of the kids we’ve had since they were babies, so it’s a good feeling when parents leave their kids with us and they trust us.”

Clarissa Aguero, an infant teacher at the center, said it means a lot to the children because it lets them create new memories.

“This is the first day care I’ve seen that actually does stuff like this as far as graduation, prom and dances. It’s just unique,” she said. “It’s for the kids.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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Janice Brown crowns Jalah Williams and AJ Henderson during the First Thing 1st Child Development Center’s A Night in Paris prom party, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Comfort Suites in Killeen.

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