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Ribbon-cutting held Wednesday at Early Bird Learning Center

November 3, 2011
By LARRY SHIELDS - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

SALEM - The Early Bird Learning Center is touted as a "premier preschool learning center" and will always be changing and progressing with its programs.

The center opened on Sept. 6 and Nick Toy and Phillip Amedura are co-owners. Toy's wife, Erika, is the administrator and runs the day-to-day operations with Amanda Bowker, the teaching administrator.

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday. The center is located at the 2870 East State Street Plaza in suites #900 and 1000.

Nick Toy felt, after seeing preschool learning centers California and talking to teachers and relatives in education after moving back to this area, "there was just nothing like what we had in California."

After asking around and speaking to teachers in this area they also discovered "kids were coming to school unprepared ... and we needed something," he explained.

"We wanted something to help the kids."

The center uses "creative curriculum," the number one-rated curriculum which, according to its website, "balances teacher-planned and child-initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children's strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles."

It says the curriculum is "nationally known for being forward thinking" while being comprehensive and rigorously researched. The programs include independent learning and self-confidence, developing foundation skills, technology skills development along with physical and mental well-being development.

The Earlybird Learning Center's website said, "With the way technology is advancing, we would like to keep your child up with the times."

Toy said the center is open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. with class times from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

"If the kids are there all day we will give them two class sessions ... every parent wants them to participate," Toy said, adding there are eight children currently enrolled but the center can instruct up to 24.

"We're trying to keep the ratio (children to teachers) at one-to-eight," he said.

For more information, visit or visit the center on Facebook or call 330-332-1446.



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