Glenview Child Care and Learning Center turns 35

Three generations of Glenview directors celebrated the school's 35th birthday. Pictured, from left, are current director Dody Chadwick, first director Carol Ball and Barb Manning, director from 1998-2008, after working there as a teacher from the center's beginning in 1982. (Carol is fighting lymphoma and chose not to wear her hat for this photo in support of Bay High's "No One Fights Alone" campaign.)

Bay Village's Glenview Child Care and Learning Center recently celebrated 35 years of service.

Since 1982, the year-round program has operated in the former Glenview Elementary School building, providing infant and toddler daycare, a preschool program based on the Ohio State Early Learning Content Standards, and before-and-after care for school-aged children through grade 5. A summer program for preschool and elementary-aged students takes advantage of the wonderful amenities within walking distance of the Center, such as the Bay Village city pool and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

The building also houses the district S.E.E.D. program, a special needs preschool for children aged 3 up to kindergarten who are experiencing developmental delays.

In 1982, under the direction of John Cavalier (then finance director for the Bay Village Schools), Glenview entered into an agreement to use the de-commissioned elementary building as an early childhood program. Carol Ball, who was on hand for the recent celebration, served as its first director.

"Carol was well-known and highly respected in the community," said Glenview's current director, Dody Chandwick. "She was able to hire a very competent staff that laid the groundwork for a successful program. She brought in consultants from all over to educate staff on the 'best practices' for young children in daycare."

Barb Manning, who began as a teacher at the center, served as director from 1998 to 2008. Manning joined in to celebrate the 35-year milestone.

"It warms my heart to know how initially Barb, and now Dody, continue to develop Glenview into such an excellent child care and learning center," said Ball. "This is evident from the waiting list and the fine reputation Glenview continues to have, as I know from the comments I hear from the community. The corridors and rooms have never looked so good, and there is a tangible sense of quality staff who love their jobs. No small achievement!"

The non-profit, tuition-based program continues to be operated by the Bay Village Board of Education and is licensed by the State Department of Education.

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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