THE ELITE EARLY LEARNING CENTER was formally presented to the community with a ribbon cutting Monday, April 25 by the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC). The Elite Early Learning Center (EELC), which is located at S. Washington and Gute streets in Owosso, was purchased from Baker College in December, and the 15-member staff has been working under the direction of Kendra Nichols since the transition.

The licensed center provides critical childcare and preschool services for children, and also infant care. The EELC has pledged to offer discounts to employees of Baker College, the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, and the SRCC.

The celebration kicked off Monday with an impromptu musical number performed by some of the resident students, before Nichols and the SRCC ambassadors took the stage. Nichols presented Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick and Michigan’s 85th District House Rep. Ben Glardon with potted flowers to thank each man for their help during the transition, in addition to thanking the chamber, her staff, and the parents.

“I couldn’t do this without my staff,” Nichols said. “This has been a difficult process, but they did it without missing a beat. And I couldn’t do this without the parents either. That’s what it’s all about; trying to create a home away from home.”

The EELC will also provide live streaming capabilities to allow parents to check in on their children throughout the day, in addition to a “My Child” app, in an effort to provide “open communication” between the staff and the parents.

Shown here with Nichols (with scissors) and her staff are SRCC ambassadors Roy Thelen, Sue Osika, Jennifer Proffitt, Bev Cords, Julianne Skrbec, and President Jeff Deason; SEDP President/CEO Justin Horvath and Vice President Brent Jones; Glardon and Frederick. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Elite Early Learning Center Ribbon-cutting was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Karen Elford