November 20, 2018
Employees of Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Centers were all smiles this week at the Annual Staff Meeting and CACFP training. Every year, Small Wonders holds the meeting as a festive holiday dinner for all five centers while receiving its yearly required learning for the state’s Child & Adult Food Program. Each center was well-represented at Shella Bella’s in Columbiana and employees were able to bring their spouses.
After dinner, Human Resources Manager Bridget Russellleadtheshout outs, announcements, and awards section of the meeting. The big shout out of the night went to Small Wonders Canfield, who recently achieved their 5-Star rating through Ohio’s Step Up To Quality program, the highest achievable and most prestigious and rare private center rating. It was also announced that Small Wonders Leetonia will be the next center to look for their 5-star rating.
There were three new promotions to discuss and celebrate and the dinner: former Greenford administrator Kirsten Mariotti is moving into the Executive Administrator role, working with all center administrators to ensure all licensing requirements are being properly followed; former Leetonia administrator Christie Kowalsky is now the Step Up To Quality Coordinator and Early Childhood Education Specialist for all centers; and Connor Stewart will be stepping into Christie’s vacated Leetonia administrator position.
Kirsten Mariotti next had a huge announcement: Small Wonders received a company-wide passing rate of 98% in 2018 on all licensing examinations! Out of 285 licensing rules that must be followed across 5 centers, only 7 mistakes were made. Kirsten noted that individual centers normally each receiveabout10, and that as a company Small Wonders far surpassed that average with approximately one and a half mistakes per center, definitely a note to celebrate.
Following the good news, each center administrator passed out awards to employees that exemplified positivity and comradery between staff. For example, Lisa Himes was given the TXTing Award for finally ditching her old flip phone and entering the modern world of texting, with grace. Tracey was given the Baby’s Bottom Award for always being smooth in a hectic situation. Salem Administrator Sandy Geist awarded herself the Pretty, Pretty Princess Award because, well, she is the Princess of Salem. Cheyenne won Greenford employee of the year.
Among the host of awards given were special gifts for perfect attendance. Out of Small Wonders’ 45 employees, 5 were awarded missing no days in a one year period: Lauren Schreiber, Karen Culp, Jen Fox, Cheyenne, and Kirsten Mariotti. Each of them was awarded an Amazon gift card and their birthday off, paid. It was at this time that Jeff Schreiber took care of the company training and recertification for CACFP. Once that was complete, owner and CEO Leslie Schreiber passed out gift bags to every employee which was full of teacher goodies and a Small Wonders sweatshirt. Employees returned the gesture with a gift for Leslie as well.
It was a wonderful night of food, drink, certification, and celebration. Each employee of Small Wonders was honored in a special way and each manager and administrator made sure every staff knew how loved and appreciated them and their hard work are to the company. All in all, it’s been a highly successful year for Small Wonders Discovery & Learning Center which we will continue into the new year!
The New Home of Small Wonders Salem
We've found the new home for Small wonders Salem! This is a former church right in the heart of Salem that we are in the process of turning into our new center. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on when we'll be opening and when we'll be accepting INFANTS!
Columbiana Small Wonders Attains 4 Star Rating
July 27, 2017
Columbiana, OH -- Each of Small Wonders Discovery & Learning Centers has now been rated with 4 stars through Ohio's Step Up To Quality program.
Today, the Columbiana location joins the prestigious distinction. The school's other two locations in Salem and Leetonia have already been previously rated 4 stars.
A 4-Star Rating means hot and nutritious meals for each child, individualized education plans for each child, educated and qualified teachers, huge community involvement and more.
Small Wonders Canfield Earns 5 STARS!!
congratulations to the staff at our Canfield location who have officially earned a 5-Star rating through Ohio's Step Up To Quality program, the highest rating achievable! For more on what 5 stars means to us and our center, please read our blog on Step Up To Quality here.
Canfield becomes the first center in the Small Wonders family to earn their 5 star rating since the company began in 2011. 3 of our other centers are currently 4-star rated: Greenford, Leetonia and Columbiana. The difference between a 4-star rating and a 5-star rating is a matter of points awarded during our screenings for rating. You can view additional information on 4 and 5 star rated centers here.
NEW ADDITION: Small Wonders Salem!
On January 2nd, Quaker Community Preschool will become Small Wonders Salem! The center is currently located inside First United Methodist Church, but Small Wonders plans to open a separate building for the Salem location in the future. We are happy to welcome their staff aboard to the Small Wonders Family and look forward to getting to know all the wonderful kids and families of Salem!
July Activities at Small Wonders!
This month is happening at Small Wonders! July 11th join us for dinner at Coaches in Salem as we raise funds for our charity, the Small Wonders Scholarship Fund, which helps kids and families afford tuition who need assistance but don't qualify for state subsidy.
At the end of the month, join us for a Hawaiian Luau at Small Wonders Columbiana! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come have some summer fun with us. Bounce around, enjoy a snow cone...AND a visit from Moana!
Canfield, OH – Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Center, a daycare center and pre-school with three locations in Columbiana county, will be opening a brand new location in Canfield, branching childcare services into Mahoning County.
The new location is inside the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center on Palmyra Road, taking over a space that has long held childcare services within and outside the school and it’s early childhood education programs.
Not only with Small Wonders be providing childcare to the teachers and students who work and attend the MCCTC, they are also open to the public, will assist the early childhood education program with lab hours, and continue providing free meals, diapers and wipes as they do at all locations, bringing their 4-Star Rated qualities into the new location.
Small Wonders Canfield will be holding an Open House Monday August 14 for parents and families interested in enrollment. The Canfield center will care for children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten-ready.
All three of Small Wonders’ Columbiana County locations are rated four out of five stars by Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Program, jointly run by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A four-star rating means high quality care, as well as individualized education plans for each child.
Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Centers are also located in Salem, Leetonia, and Columbiana, and care for children from birth to twelve years of age. More information on Small Wonders can be found on the web at www.smallwonderslearningcenter.org
FREE DIAPERS & WIPES!
June 19, 2017
Starting July 1, Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Center, a daycare center and pre-school with three locations in Columbiana county, will begin offering free diapers and wipes for infants and toddlers during their hours of care.
“We feel it’s very important to do as much as we can for the families we serve,” Says Leslie Schreiber, owner of Small Wonders. “Parents will save money and time without having to bring diapers and wipes. It simplifies things for us because we know that children will have the supplies they need all the time. That gives us more time to focus on the things that matter most, like teaching.”
The daycare began providing formula for children in 2011. In addition to providing these services, Small Wonders provides free meals for all children in their care.
Recently, Small Wonders’ Salem location was rated four out of five stars by Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Program, jointly run by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A four star rating means high quality care, as well as individualized education plans for each child. The Salem location joins the center’s Leetonia location, already rated with four stars. The center’s newest location in Columbiana expects to be rated later this year.
Small Wonders Discovery and Learning Centers are located in Salem, Leetonia, and Columbiana, and care for children from birth to twelve years of age. More information on Small Wonders can be found on the web at www.smallwonderslearningcenter.org
Introducing the Small Wonders Scholarship Fund
We love our community! That's why we've started the Small Wonders Scholarship Fund. Our aim is to help struggling families pay tuition for their children's care at Small Wonders. This is a great way for us to help families who maybe don't qualify for a subsidy or can't afford child care or preschool.
So join us for our FIRST EVER Fall Fair, in support of the Small Wonders Scholarship Fund! Anyone is welcome to be a part of the fun: vendors, businesses, restaurants, food trucks, local organizations, entertainment, volunteers...anyone who, like us, wants to give back to their community.
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