The Berks-Mont News (http://www.berksmontnews.com)


By Matthew Reichl, mreichl@berksmontnews.com

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nothing is more important to the staff at Little Faces Learning Center than a family-like atmosphere.
Celebrating the business’ 10-year anniversary on May 4 with a free family fun fair, Little Faces Learning Center is the right place for young children in the early developmental stages.
That’s what director Nicole Fosko believes to be the mission statement behind the small business.
“ is a small family-run business, so it sort of happens that we’re close with all our families and teachers,” Fosko said last week, during a sunny Wednesday morning where staff and students alike are participating in group face painting.
“Our mission is to provide a home-like atmosphere that’s intimate and has a close relationship with parents,” she said. “We’re very close with everyone here.”
The center began as a group home, but soon began to grow from an influx of students. The group home was rechristened as the learning center and grew to 43 students and 13 total staff.
Lisa Hess, who co-owns the business with her husband Len, said it’s very important to have a small teacher-to-student ratio in each of the five class rooms.
“It’s important to make sure everyone feels cared for,” Hess said. “It’s also a plus to enjoy seeing my grandchildren while they’re still young.”
As a nutritionist, Hess prepares all the meals and treats served at Little Faces which the parents appreciate.
On May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., students and parents can enjoy free games, potato sack races, an obstacle course, moon bounce, a visit from the Gilbertsville fire truck, clowns, popcorn, Philly pretzels and drinks. There will also be an open house for visitors with free registration when enrolling children for daycare.
There will also be a raffling where tickets can be purchased to win one of 31 different products.
Hess has a degree from Ashworth University in Early Childhood Education. She is also a Certified Nutrition, Diet and Health Specialist and has earned a Certificate of Excellence for nutritional education and training in a child care food program.
Fosko is the director at Little Faces Learning Center. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Administration. Nicole has been trained in her directorship and holds a certification through “PA Keys” as well as through the “Keystone Stars” program.
Little Faces Learning Center is a family-owned and operated business run by professionals with 17 years of experience. In addition to their regular curriculum, staff members have a before and after school program for children who attend local elementary schools.
The business is located at 1610 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 and can be reached via phone at 610-369-9069. Their website is www.littlefaceslearningcenter.com.