Meet the new Breckenridge childcare center operator
February 24, 2008
BRECKENRIDGE ” Leslie Davis has worked just about every aspect of childcare, from being a nanny to being a social worker, from serving on a childcare facility board to being its director.
Now, she iwill be running the center that the Town of Breckenridge is currently building on Valley Brook Street.
“Everything has always linked me back to working with children,” said Davis who is handling enrollment, hiring staff and creating a board of directors for the Timberline Learning Center (formerly referred to as the Valley Brook Childcare Center) that is expected to open in August.
Davis previously lived in Summit County for about 15 years and recently returned after spending three years in Virginia Beach. There, she worked as a director of a preschool. But Davis and her family ” husband, Scott and two sons, Mason, almost 3, and Connor, going on 5 ” missed Summit County and the roots they had here. So, about six months ago they returned, knowing that they had looked at other communities and this was the best place for them.
“We followed our hearts back,” Davis said.
Part of what she loves about the area is the community feel. “That old adage of it takes a village. … Summit County is the ultimate example of that. It’s a community that nurtures youth,” she said.
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Before moving away, Davis worked at Carriage House and Little Red Schoolhouse and then served on Little Red’s board of directors for five years.
In recent months she was hired as a consultant to partner with the Town to develop the new center, and when it opens she will operate the non-profit infant through pre-school childcare facility. Already, she has heard from about 50 families interested in attending.
The building is under construction with the exterior nearing completion, said Davis who took a tour of it a couple weeks ago. It has an amazing feel to it, she added.
“It’s almost like a custom home,” she said.
The center is environmentally friendly and addresses all the needs that anyone with a childcare facility would want, she continued. In the “state-of-the-art” building there is a security system, storage, meeting rooms, multipurpose room and it is “light and lovely,” Davis said.
“We want to be a product of this environment,” she said, adding that both the building and the programs will reflect the community and “all the reasons people live here.”