Ribbon Cutting: Learning Center opens new building

Friday, September 7, 2018
Director Karla Gray cuts the ribbon Wednesday for the Learning Center of North Arkansas’s new administration building at 301 W. Trimble Ave. in Berryville.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

The Learning Center of North Arkansas opened the doors of its new administration building Wednesday, inviting the community in for tours and refreshments.

Director Karla Gray said the Learning Center purchased the old tobacco shop across from Daylight Donuts and spent the past year renovating and expanding it to house a conference center and administrative offices.

“The building was ready in August,” she said. “It took about a year to finish everything, which was OK. Because it was a little slower, we were able to add a few more things and get everything in it that we wanted.”

The new building has a conference center that can house 150 people, seven offices, three soundproof bays with a PowerPoint presentation area and a full kitchen, she said.

“All of our staff can receive training at the same time,” Gray said. “When we did our annual in-service at the beginning of the school year, we actually separated all of our staff off into three different sections and could do three different topics because of the new spaces. They could pick where they wanted to go.”

She said the old administrative building may become a daycare for infants and toddlers.

“We’re not sure what we want to do with our other building,” she said. “We’ve talked about adding infant care for babies because childcare for newborns is in such demand. Everyone needs quality newborn care.”

Gray continued, “So that’s a really big option. We’ve also talked about moving our enrollment department there. That would free up a couple of spots in our preschool.”

Overall, she said the Learning Center staff is enjoying the new location.

“We like the highway frontage,” Gray said. “Once we get our sign put up, it will make it more prominent so persons coming in will know.”

She said any parents with a child who may have developmental delays or in search of daycare can stop by the Learning Center of North Arkansas at 301 W. Trimble Ave. in Berryville or call 870-423-3000.

“The most important thing is we’re open,” she said. “We’re offering private-pay daycare as well. We’re going to be a new childcare provider for any child in our area no matter their level or their ability.”

Gray said the Learning Center also accepts vouchers for child care assistance from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

“If a family has a voucher, they can use it here, and it’s free childcare for them,” she said.

Gray also thanked the Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce for arranging the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building.

“We had a great turnout,” she said. “We had such a nice crowd, from the mayor to the chamber director. We had quite an outpouring of support today.”

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