The Early Bird Learning Center will expand into a new, larger building

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The Early Bird Learning Center broke ground for a new building on North Cunningham Road on March 13. From left, David Mollenkopf, president, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce; Don Weingart, superintendent, Salem Utilities Dept.; Audrey Null, executive director, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce; Kevin Willis, Strollo Architects; Melinda Toy, Nicholas Toy, Early Bird Learning Center; Betty Brothers, city auditor; Mike Mancuso, Sustainable Opportunity Development Center (SOD); Chip Hank, city zoning officer; and John Berlin, Salem mayor. Owner-administrator Melinda Toy said the facility will increase the number of learning rooms from two at the current location at 2870 E. State St. to five at the new site. The learning center, expected to open in the fall, is a toddlers to preschool center. There is a current staff of six. Toy expects to increase that by hiring five or six people. The Early Bird Learning Center opened six years ago. Work on the new center is expected to begin today. (Salem News photo J.D. Creer)

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