Little Meadows Learning Center ends relationship with Bright Horizons, future now uncertain


By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com



In October 2015, Little Meadows Learning Center students, Avery Gonzales, Alexis Weaver, Joel Gil, Kaitlyn Scoble and Emily Evans work together building projects.


By Eileen Godin

egodin@timesleader.com

In October 2015, Little Meadows Learning Center students, Avery Gonzales, Alexis Weaver, Joel Gil, Kaitlyn Scoble and Emily Evans work together building projects.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_LittleMeadows-1.jpgIn October 2015, Little Meadows Learning Center students, Avery Gonzales, Alexis Weaver, Joel Gil, Kaitlyn Scoble and Emily Evans work together building projects.

DALLAS TWP. — Effective June 30, Bright Horizons Family Solutions will no longer manage Little Meadows Learning Center, a move that leaves the future of the daycare center uncertain.

Little Meadows’ parent company, Dallas-based Ecumenical Enterprises Inc., has opted to contract a different child care organization to manage the early childhood care facility, according to a news release Wednesday. EEI didn’t specify whether they had chosen a new management company, and company officials were unavailable for comment before the Times Leader’s publication deadline.

Little Meadows, located at 3139 Memorial Hwy, Dallas, was previously managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers for 14 years. In 2015, Massachusetts-based Bright Horizons acquired Hildebrandt Learning Centers.

The news of a new childcare manager interrupted the planned closing of the facility.

“About a year ago, we were informed that the space where the center is located would be repurposed and that we needed to find a new location for the center,” a news released signed by Annemarie Carl, regional manager, and Julie Beam, division vice president, both with of Bright Horizons Family Solutions said. “We were not able to find a suitable space and believed that the program would have to close.”

As the women prepared to inform the 28 staff members and families of the 141 children at Little Meadows Learning Center, EEI released the plans to contract a new company to manage the early childhood education center.

“We know this raises many questions for parents and teachers which we are working to resolve as quickly as possible,” Carl and Beam said in the news release. “It is our intention to be open, providing care for families and employment for our teachers at Little Meadows through the end of June. We are just beginning the process of determining how this transition will work and in the upcoming weeks we will be able to give you more specific details.”

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

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