When Tammy Liddle took over operation of the Carroll County Child Care Center on Dec. 16, she knew it would be a challenge.
With only a few children enrolled, one of the first things she had to do was increase the number of children brought to the center.
The center is owned by the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
Liddle is actually the second operator of the center in the past year.
On Feb. 13, 2013 Noah’s Ark Day Care Center took over operation of the center.
For unknown reasons, Noah’s Ark officials notified Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe by letter that they would give up the center on Dec. 15.
Proposals were sought by the IDA and three different organizations submitted their plans to operate the center.
A committee of IDA members and others chose Liddle over the other two applicants.
After meeting with Liddle during the IDA meeting on Jan. 6, vice chairman Clinton Willie made the motion to approve a 6-year lease with Liddle. Richard Sowers seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.
Liddle said last week the new name of the center would be Liddle Adventures Learning Academy. She also operates another center in the Midway Heights community, Liddle Tykes Child Development Center that has 64 children enrolled. There are currently 29 children at the Learning Academy. Liddle plans to move some of the children from her other center to the Hillsville center, which is located at 564 Industrial Park Drive in the Carroll County Industrial Park.
Liddle, who has five years experience in the child care business, said she was still waiting for her license to operate the center, which is expected sometime this month. A Noah’s Ark employee with a license is currently working at the Learning Academy until Liddle receives her new license.
“The way the state operates, you must have a license for each center you operate,” she said. “We have room for 120 children at the learning center but I asked for approval for 75 children.”
The academy operates from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for ages six weeks to 12.
Larrowe said about $50,000 had been spent to renovate the facility, including new flooring.
Anyone who wants to enroll their child can contact Liddle at (276) 728-5793.