Church of the Saviour seeks new director for its Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center (ELC) at Church of the Saviour is seeking a qualified candidate to replace its current director and teacher, Patricia Deal, who leaves in July, after 29 years, to begin a new job.

For more information about qualifications for the director position, contact ELC at 216-321-1685. Applications may be sent to the Church of the Saviour Early Learning Center at

For single-parent families and those with both parents working, one of the biggest challenges is finding competent childcare for preschool children and after-school care for elementary school students.

ELC welcomes children as young as six weeks and as old as 12 years. The comprehensive program includes day care, after-school programs and summer camp. ELC's focus promotes the total growth and development of the individual child—socially, emotionally, cognitively and creatively. Classes are for infants (6 weeks to 18 months), toddlers (18 months to 3 years), tots (3- and 4-year olds, toilet trained), and pre-K (4- and 5-year-olds. Fifty children are currently enrolled in ELC's classes.

Nannette Barrett, former preschool director at Hawken Lower School and ELC board member, said, "Long-term research indicates that proper stimulation in the first three years of a child's life is vital for brain growth and personality development."

Children who attend early learning programs do better in terms of social interaction, independence, inner control and school readiness. "Play is very important," Barrett continued. "Play is a child's work. They need to play to learn."

For more information on ELC’s preschool program, call 216-321-1685.

Gail Stuehr

Gail Stuehr has been a member of Church of the Saviour for more than 40 years. She is a former Cleveland Heights resident and freelance writer.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:40 PM, 06.30.2017