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  • Early childhood center opens in Grain Valley

  • Two former teachers with a new business in Grain Valley have found their niche in the market.



    “The word is getting out. ... What’s happening is it’s growing into a kindergarten-readiness school,” says Megan Nigro, assistant director and curriculum coordinator at BLS Early Childhood Center. The center serves children ages 2 through 5.

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  • Two former teachers with a new business in Grain Valley have found their niche in the market.
    “The word is getting out. ... What’s happening is it’s growing into a kindergarten-readiness school,” says Megan Nigro, assistant director and curriculum coordinator at BLS Early Childhood Center. The center serves children ages 2 through 5.
    She and Cindy Alley, the center’s director, are both former teachers and have been friends for years, united by their passion for teaching.
    “That’s what keeps bringing us back together,” Nigro said.
    Over coffee various ideas got kicked around. Then last September, Alley called her with big plans. Exciting and a little scary, right?
    “Exactly,” Nigro said.
    In February, they opened. The center is in a former church at 636 W. Jefferson north of Interstate 70. Nigro stresses that this isn’t a day care and said she’s unaware of others in the area doing exactly what they are doing. The idea is to get youngsters ready for school. “I believe we owe it to our school district ...” she said.
    Now they are working on getting the word out and winning more families as customers.
    Starting today, for example, they’ll have an “enchanted story hour” – today it’s “Rainbow Fish,” by Marcus Pfister – from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. It’s free and open to the public.
    Other ideas include a night to drop off the kids for movie while mom and dad head to the theater to enjoy a movie on their own.
    “Things are going well,” Nigro said.

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