Our History

The CEC began as a Pre-school (am hours only) and  was in business from 1982 to the Fall of 1993, under the direction of Kathy Murphy.  The Child Enrichment Center opened in the Fall of 1993 under the direction of Davey Finley.  Ms. Finley resigned in the summer of 1994 and Fran Turek served as interim director from August to January 1, 1995.  Teresa  Finchum took over as director in January 1995.  At that time, the CEC had an enrollment of 112 children and a staff of approximately 30.  Enrollment gradually increased in the original wing of the CEC until maximum capacity was reached in 1997.  There was a total of 165 children enrolled at that time.  The CEC maintained a full enrollment of 165 children with a staff of 50 until 2003 when the new wing of the CEC was built.  In August of 2006, Yvonne Farler took over as Director of the CEC until December of 2012. Brooke Ko served as interim director until Jody Brown was hired as the Director in April of 2013. In June of 2013, Jessica Chandler was hired to assist Jody Brown.  Jessica Chandler became the Director of Operations in November 2013.  The center is currently run under the Direction of Jessica Chandler. At present, the CEC is operating with 60 employees and approximately 221 children.  There are 2 infant rooms, 2 creeper rooms, 4 toddler rooms, 3 – K2 classes, 3 – K3 classes, 3 – K4 classes,  and after school care for K5 through 5th grade with pickup from Bryson, Bell’s Crossing, Plain, Simpsonville, and Fork Shoals Elementary Schools.