McMillan Early Learning Center celebrates expansion

Payton Waller, former student of McMillan Early Learning Center, cuts the open-house ribbon. Pictured (from left): Sandy McMillan, Payton Waller, Mary Dunbar, Elizabeth Newman.

On Oct. 11, The Centers for Families and Children (The Centers) hosted an open house at its McMillan Early Learning Center, at 1941 S. Taylor Road, to celebrate the site’s recent expansion.

Attendees toured the renovated center, which now offers care for infants ages 6 weeks to 18 months, in addition to its toddler and preschool programs. The expansion included a new infant classroom, serving eight children; a toddler classroom, serving 10 children; and a large indoor gym for physical development. Added to the existing toddler classroom and three preschool classrooms, the expanded space enables the center to serve a total of eight infants, 20 toddlers and 59 preschoolers.

“Our McMillan Early Learning Center has been a high-quality option for families in Cleveland Heights for nearly 20 years,” said Elizabeth Newman, president and CEO of The Centers. “We are responding to the community's need for more quality infant and toddler care with this expansion, and look forward to serving as a trusted partner and provider to families.” 

Mary Dunbar, Cleveland Heights City Council member, spoke at the open house about the importance of education starting at an early age, and praised The Centers for providing high-quality care to the community. Also in attendance was Sandy McMillan, grandson of the building’s namesake, Samuel Sterling McMillan. Payton Waller, a former student of McMillan Early Learning Center who started kindergarten this fall, was the event’s official ribbon-cutter.   

McMillan has earned a Five Star Step Up to Quality rating—the highest rating a center can receive from the Ohio quality rating system—and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Centers offers a comprehensive model of care focused on preparing children for success in school and life, which includes an evidence-based curriculum, health services, nutrition and family engagement. 

McMillan Early Learning Center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 216-325-9678 or visit  

Amy Brown

Amy Brown is marketing and communications manager at The Centers for Families and Children.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:08 PM, 11.01.2016