As Easton’s Port Street continues to see a rebirth with several new or renovated buildings added to this important thoroughfare, including The Arc’s Port Street Commons and Daly Gardens, drivers and pedidatians alike look at the new home of the Mid-Shore Early Learning Center and wonder what that organization does.
That’s understandable since MSELC, from 1990 until just a few years ago, was a program of the old Easton Memorial Hospital. And for some 30 years, it was a bit under the radar as a highly successful child care and enrichment program starting with those as young as six weeks old.
With the old hospital merging into UM Shore Regional Health and facing unprecedented rising healthcare costs, the regional hospital system was considering closing the program when a group of parents and education leaders offered to take over the Center.
On March 1, 2014, the Child Development Center was transferred to the Mid-Shore Early Learning Center, a new non-profit organization created by the parents and staff of the learning center.
With a new home on Port Street and some essential projects needing attention, including a sunshaded playground, the MSELC has started a new gala tradition to help with those priorities.
The Spy sat down with board of directors member Elizabeth North and MSELC president James Bell, Jr. to talk about the Center’s mission, history, and, of course, the upcoming gala.
This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about the Mid-Shore Early Learning Center and information about its gala, please go here.
For tickets please go here