Harvest Learning Center, LLC is a professional resource for parents and guardians of young children. Harvest Learning Center started officially as Harvest Home Daycare in 2003. The center opened as a family child care home facility with an initial enrollment of three children. In less than a year, the center was operating at its licensed capacity of five children with additional children on the waiting list. In order to accommodate the obvious need for quality care, Harvest expanded to a new location. The current location remains in a small residential setting yet allows for an additional 31 students. The center has the state’s highest rating of 5-stars and holds the distinction of being nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Less than 10 percent of centers nation-wide hold this distinction.
The owners and operators of Harvest Learning Center are Donnell and Lynette Mitchell. They have three sons and both hold Early Childhood Credentials from local accredited institutions. Donnell holds an electrical engineering degree from N.C. State University and is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School. He is an IT manager with Glaxo-SmithKline and handles the business side of HLC. Lynette is the full-time director, managing a staff of qualified and caring teachers. A former freelance writer and full-time journalist for major news organizations, Lynette holds a B.A. in Journalism and History from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from UNC Chapel Hill.
HLC is committed to enriching society and the world by nurturing the mind, body and spirit of every child we touch. Collaborating with parents and the community, we will do our part to develop a compassionate, diverse, intelligent, and morally sound generation. The basic goals of Harvest Learning Center are as follows:
- To provide a quality childcare experience for preschoolers
- To provide convenient access to daycare for parents
- To ensure the health and safety of all of the children
- To strengthen family life by providing care that promotes the development of the whole child. This includes establishing meaningful communication with parents in order to ensure a satisfying relationship between the home and the center.
- To provide a stimulating learning environment cultivated by well-trained and qualified staff.
Harvest Learning Center (HLC) is a Christian-based organization founded upon the principle that a great society is built upon its investment in its children. We believe that every child is special. Each child should be loved and encouraged to learn at his/her own pace in a secure, warm and stimulating environment. Each child’s unique talents and gifts should be recognized and cultivated by well-trained and qualified staff. The moral character of each child should be gently molded and shaped to create self-respect and respect for others.