About

About Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center

Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center was established as an outreach to the community in 1969. Our program is dedicated to providing a safe, loving and holistic environment for young children and their families. Each day children are greeted with a play-based approach in which they are encouraged to learn through hands-on interactive exploration with developmentally appropriate materials. This approach, in conjunction with a flexible teacher-guided curriculum, encourages children to construct their own learning knowledge. We believe parents play the most vital role in a child’s education and are committed to creating a nurturing environment in partnership with families. Our staff receive comprehensive ongoing professional development to stay current with the unique needs of young children and their families.

The mission of Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center is to provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment, professional staff and developmentally appropriate curriculum to enable each child to grow in their own unique way. Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center strives to be a regional leader in early childhood education.

 

History of Shawnee Weekday Early Learning  Center

Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center began as Shawnee Weekday Nursery School under the direction of Azuba Meffley. As more families became two parent working families, day care services were added for children ages 3 and up.  The name was changed to Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center when the Infant and Toddler Building was added by then Director Dianne Hile in 2010. This addition filled a tremendous need in the community. In 2015, Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center entered into a partnership with West Ohio Community Action Partnership, formally known as Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs (LACCA), to provide Early Head Start to children ages 6 weeks-3 years old under the leadership of former Director J. Leigh Ditto. We have applied to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to provide a comprehensive child nutrition program. As Shawnee Weekday has continued to grow, their commitment to the community and children they serve has reminded the same.

Licensing

Shawnee Weekday Early Learning Center is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. We are currently a 3 Star Rated Facility in Ohio’s Step Up To Quality program and accept enrollment from families receiving ODJFS Child Care Assistance.