Generations Matter
Early Learning Center

Where Love and Learning Meet

Meet Our Staff

We are eager to provide a safe place for children to holistically grow and develop. We do not take lightly the responsibility to care for our students as we recognize how crucial this stage of development is in shaping who these children will become.

Naomi Golenberke
Naomi GolenberkeProgram Director
Naomi Golenberke has her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Instruction. She has notable experience in a variety of childcare settings, which she has been involved with since she graduated from college in 2015. Naomi also works as the Kids Church Pastor at Lake Erie Church.

Our Philosophy

Our program is built around the concept that children are born ready to learn. We strive to create a safe, motivating, and encouraging learning environment. The following principles serve as the foundation for our curriculum.

  • Children develop knowledge of their world through active interactions with caregivers, peers, materials, and events.
  • Learning is sequential; building on prior understandings and experiences.
  • Learning proceeds at different rates in each area and each child; children will show a range of skills and understandings in any one area of development.
  • Learning in each area is interconnected. Young children learn best through experiences which incorporate several areas of development.
  • Learning is embedded in a culture. Children learn best when their learning activities are rooted in a familiar cultural context.
  • Learning begins in the family, continues in early care and education settings, and depends on parent involvement and caregiver guidance.
  • All children have the potential to achieve success with appropriate support and instruction.

GMELC Learning Objectives

We believe that creating a safe learning environment is key in the development of social and emotional skills. Social and emotional skills aid in the development of self-control and interpersonal relationships. These skills will help children lead successful academic and personal lives.

We are committed to laying the academic foundation and preparing each child for their schooling experience. We are in compliance with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services learning objectives and school preparedness. We believe each child has unique gifts and talents, and we are committed to supporting their many abilities.

We believe that play is the best way for children to learn and practice basic life skills. Play can teach children how to interact with one another, assist in the development of gross and fine motor skills, and aid in conflict and problem-solving abilities.

ODJFS Licensed

Our center is licensed to operate legally by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This license is posted in a noticeable place for review. A toll-free number is listed on the center’s license and may be used to report a suspected violation of the licensing law or administrative rules. The licensing rules governing children are available for review at the center.

The directors and all child care staff members are required, under Section 2151.421 of the Ohio Revised Code, to report their suspicions of child abuse or child neglect to the local public children’s services agency.

Any parent of a child enrolled at GMELC shall be permitted unlimited access to the center during all hours of operations for the purpose of contacting their children, evaluating the care provided by the center, or evaluating the premises. Upon entering the premises, the parent or guardian shall notify the directors of his/her presence.

  • The directors’ hours of availability and the child/staff ratios are posted in a noticeable place in the center for review.
  • The licensing record, including licensing inspection reports, complaint investigation reports, and evaluation forms from the building and fire departments, are available for review upon written request from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
  • It is unlawful for the facility to discriminate in the enrollment of children upon the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin or disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.104 Stat.32,42, U.S.C. 12101 et. seq.
  • For more information about child care licensing requirements, as well as how to apply for child care assistance, Medicaid health screenings, and early intervention services for your child, please visit https://jfs.ohio.gov/CDC/.

Organization

Our center is an outreach ministry of Lake Erie Church and operates as a separate Corporation approved by the Ohio Secretary of State. We are licensed to operate under the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education. Our license is posted on the parent board in our lobby/check-in desk. The Directors supervise the daily operation and instruction in the center. Any person may call the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services at 866/886.3537 to report a suspected violation, by the center, of the laws and rules governing child care. The licensing laws/rules are available upon request.
  • We believe in and worship one God eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
  • God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
  • God, the Son, our one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who for our eternal salvation became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made a human being; for our sins he was crucified, suffered death, was buried, and on the third day was resurrected; he ascended into heaven and from there shall come again in glory to judge the living and the dead;
  • God, the Holy Spirit, through whose presence and power come regeneration and empowerment for ministry.
  • We believe the Bible is inspired by God, an open invitation to all people, and, for me, provides authoritative guidance for my faith and conduct. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
  • We will seek spiritual maturity through regular Bible engagement, participating in worship and prayer with others, and being involved in a local Christian church.
    (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:25)
  • We will seek to be involved in ministering to the needs of others, both within and beyond our communities.
    (Hebrews 10:24; Luke 10:25-37; James 1:27)
  • We will seek to show respect for all people without distinction, for each is created in God’s image.
    (Genesis 1:27; Galatians 3:28)
  • We will seek to increasingly display the Spirit’s fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
    (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • We will seek to resist temptations of deception, malicious speech, stealing, cheating others, and dishonoring our bodies through substance abuse, objectifying or taking advantage of other people.
    (Galatians 5:16-21; Colossians 3:5-11)
  • We will seek to refrain from sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant prescribed and exemplified in the Bible: “a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one,” symbolizing the relationship between Christ and His Church.
    (Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31)
  • We view marriage as a human symbol of the relationship between Christ and His Church, and we choose to honor the covenant of marriage as a lifelong commitment. We choose to pursue all reasonable avenues of reconciliation should spouses have unresolved conflict.
    (Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 5:31-32)
  • We acknowledge that every person sins (engaging in conduct that falls short of God’s standards), and seek to rejoice in God’s unconditional love and forgiveness of all repentant sinners.
    (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 1:7)
  • We will seek to treat all persons with love and respect, even if we disagree with their values, attitudes, and behaviors.
    (1 Peter 2:17; Matthew 7:12)
  • When relational conflict arises, regardless of fault we seek to follow a biblical process for correction, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration.
    (Matthew 5:23-24, 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 6:1-6)
  • We believe that seeking unity in the pursuit of Christ makes possible the unity of our collective ministry.

Schedule a Tour

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