Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center was presented with a “Small business of the Year” award. The Center was nominated by Pathstone Enterprises, one of the 24 nominating entities.
This award is a significant accomplishment for Elizabeth Starks, founder and Executive Director of Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, established in 2006 when Starks wrote and received a start up grant from the Office of Children and Family Services. The flagship site is located in the Chautauqua Lake Central School. The Center boasts so much success that in the past four years, Starks has opened a site in Falconer located at the Levant Wesleyan Church and a site located at the Chautauqua Institution.
Combined, these sites administer quality, safe, educational child care to more than 150 children, enable more than 100 families to work or attend school, as well as employ over 50 people. This is quite an astounding accomplishment over such a short period of time — only 5 years.
The Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center is open and available for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, UPK Wrap, and school age programming. This encompasses children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The center is open year round in Mayville and falconer and for the summer season at Chautauqua Institution.
Congratulations to Starks and the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center. The commitment the center has made for quality child care in the region is necessary, amazing, difficult, rewarding work. It is gratifying to see these accomplishments recognized as the “2011 Small Business of the Year.”
Elizabeth Starks, right, accepts the Small Business of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administrators recently for the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center.