The Early Learning Center

About the Early Learning Center


The Early Learning Center utilizes the most up to date technolgy to enhance learning.  The Kindergarten Prep and Preschool are both equipped with SmartBoards which are used for literacy, math, science and other areas of learning.  The intended purpose of this technology is for learning and to prepare children for the technology they will be using when they enter their formal education.  While technology is important, it is also important that the children are not overwhelmed by it and that they recieve hands on education.


Positive Guidance

The Early Learning Center focuses on positive guidance.  Teachers model positive behaviors, create a "yes" envrionment, set rules and expectations, so that the children understand what is expected of them, provide children with choices to accomplish a task, and build the self esteem and self worth of the children.


Communication with Parents

The Early Learning Center is committed to communicating with families regarding the educational and developmental experiences of their children in a variety of ways including via monthly newsletters, emails, notes home, phone calls, text messaging, documentation boards, parent teacher conferences and the daily happenings which are posted on a sheet outside of every classrooom.



Entrance to the facility can only be gained by a security code.  This ensures that only people who should be in the center are here and keeps children and staff safe.  In addition to secure doors, we require photo identification for those who we may not know prior to picking up children.  Every effort is made to keep children in a safe and secure environment.



Strong partnerships with parents, use of emergent curriculum, indoor and outdoor gross motor space, developmentally appropriate learning, an "open door " policy for parents, and the utilization of technology are key elements to the Early Learning Center which provides a fun, safe and nurturing learning envrionment.  In addition, the ELC provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack daily.  These meals are prepared by the kitchen staff of Young at Heart Center.

Teacher to Child Ratios:

Infants- 1:4

Toddlers- 1:5

Two's- 1:8


Kindergarten Prep-1:12

Director: Brianna Romero

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:30 am-6:00 pm

Telephone: 382-0662


Young at Heart Staff

Executive Director - Rachelle Morris

Secretary -  Jamie Loredo

Receptionist - Louise Webb

Center Bookkeeper - Misty Wilson

Marketing/Events Coordinator -

Activities Coordinator - Jamie Loredo

Outreach Coordinator - Wanda Bobo-Ferber

Home Delivered Meals - Daphne Palmer

Home Health Director - Rana McCallum

Home Health Office Manager- Charlene Larsen

Dietary Manager/Cook- Paul Jessop

In Home Services Supervisor -Emmy Nielsen

Access Care Coordinator - Teah Jo Dodge

Access Care Coordinator-Jenica Slaugh

Early Learning Center Director - Brianna Romero

Home Services Bookkeeper- Cindy  Stensgard

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Our Board of Directors

Diana Jessop


Suzette Williams


Jim Rafferty


Kent Porenta


Dave Shuster


Doc Wendling- County Liaison

Richard Vandersloot

Elmer Burkhart


Dixie Arnett


Kathy Gilbert

Rudy Magagna


Tim Savage


Mary Philann Lux


Kevin Maloney