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About Us

Our Philosophy

Community Children’s Center provides experiences and an environment that foster the wholesome development of each individual child. This goal is fulfilled through a carefully planned program using The Creative Curriculum, a healthy climate, and age appropriate equipment and activities run by a professional staff.

Community Children’s Center strives to always provide a secure, loving, and safe environment in which to grow and learn. We celebrate the abilities and characteristics that make each child and family unique. Close rapport between parents and teachers allows children to develop to their potential, and to support their social-emotional, physical, cognitive, spiritual, and language development.

Our Mission

Community Children’s Center is a ministry of First Congregational Church and an outreach to the community. Our mission is to grow God’s kingdom through excellence in Child Care and Preschool.

“Blessed are the children who walk in the Lord. Blessing and joy shall be theirs. Theirs is the bounty, the fruit of the vine. Theirs is the joy of God’s care.” Psalm 128

Directors and Facility

CCC Board Members

Hello! My name is Christine Root and I am a proud parent of a child in the Infant 2 classroom. I am interested in joining the CCC board because I believe that communication and participation are vitally important to the CCC environment, and I would like to help build bridges between parents, CCC staff, and the community. 

I hold a B.A. in Special Education and a Masters in School Administration. I currently work as a teacher consultant in the area supporting teachers and students. My husband and I live in the CCC neighborhood with our sweet and funny son, Francis. We love to spend time outside in the woods, water, and cooking inside and out.

Bill Myers serves as the CEO of Promethient, a Traverse City-based technology and manufacturing business.  He has four children who attended the Community Children’s Center and has been a member of the 1st Congregational Church for 20 years.  Myers currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Community Children’s Center, the First Congregational Church, Traverse Connect, and Newton’s Road. Myers previously served as a Trustee for Northwestern Michigan College and remains involved in Scouting.

Ellie Kolb is the Executive Director of the Traverse City Figure Skating Club as well as a full-time figure skating coach. As a former professional skater who toured the world performing with Disney on Ice, she now shares her love for the sport with area youth. She serves on three non-profit boards in the community: the Traverse City Figure Skating Club, Involved Citizens Enterprises or I.C.E., and the CCC board where she is currently the board Secretary. Ellie and her family are members at FCC and her two children attend the CCC. She has enjoyed watching her kids flourish and be supported in the faith-based learning environment at CCC. She joined the CCC Board in the fall of 2023 hoping to support the mission of the center, advocate for both the families and staff, and to continue sharing her passion for area youth programs for all ages.

My name is Lauren Holland and I have been on the CCC board since December of 2023. I chose to be on the board because I have seen the value that the CCC brings to First Congregational Church and to our community. I wanted to support Jackie and her team in providing high quality childcare to our community. 

My husband, Henry, and I have been attending FCC since the Fall of 2021. We moved to Traverse City in the Spring of 2021 for his new job as a federal law clerk, for a 2 yearterm. At the same time, I started a new job as an Healthcare Educator for Munson Healthcare. I’ve been recently promoted into the role of Senior Coordinator for Simulation Education for Munson Healthcare where I oversee all simulation education and life savings courses for our entire hospital system. I will have my Masters in Nursing Informatics shortly, in May of 2024! My favorite part about my job is using our high fidelity manikins (really, robots) for new simulation training projects. I especially love pediatrics and the intricacies required with kids!

 In my free time, I love to hike and spend time outdoors. Henry has shown me the positive attributes to the winter and we have taken several winter trips to the UP for hiking, ice skating, and dog sled race- watching. Two years ago, we bought a historic home in downtown Traverse City that is 143 years old. I love taking on house projects that bring our home back to life. Last summer, I refinished our front door and shutters then completely redid our decrepit landscaping. Now that Henry has started his new remote role as an attorney for a Detroit based law firm, we look forward to staying in Traverse City long term!