Children’s toys litter the floor amongst a COVID-19 mask. Photo credits: Jaiyda Tyler
BATTLE CREEK— Children frolic, color and play throughout the various learning rooms inside of Lens Learning Center, bringing joy to business owner Nita Hinton throughout her daily workweek. “It’s something I’ve been planning for many years and knew that my community needed. We have so many working parents in the community who needed access to affordable, and safe child care. That’s why I chose to create Lens Learning Center,” She said.
By YUEHAN LIU
Capital News Service
LANSING—The state had suspended the license of a child care facility in Manistee because of complaints and 23 alleged violations found during an inspection. But the facility won its appeal and will reopen on Dec. 7. The license of the Manistee Historic Red School House CDC child care center was suspended on Nov.16 and the operator, Suzanne Hamilton, was prohibited from operating any child care center before the results of the hearing. Hamilton called the suspension unfair, saying, “I am not really sure how this happened.
A local daycare will be able to expand after the Mason Planning Commission approved a Special Use Permit for 335 East Elm Street daycare. Daycare provider, Debbie O’Loughlin was seeking the special use permit for up to 12 children and already has a daycare for up to six. On Tuesday, July 12, the planning commission granted the permit in a unanimous vote. When it came to the issues behind the approval, the main concern for the city was that the location of the daycare may create hazardous traffic flow around the daycare area which was indicated in a hand-drawn map in the application. “It wasn’t a concern for me,” O’Loughlin said because she was already recommended for approval.