preschoolMELC dates back to 1970 when a small group of concerned local citizens initiate and incorporated the Manchester Community Child Care Association, Inc. as a State-licensed, not-for-profit organization for the care of young children in the North Manchester community.  During the early years, the Association moved its center from place to place – sometimes in a church, sometimes in another available community facility.  In 1982, the present building was built at 806 West South Street.  In more recent years, in order to identify more specifically the larger purpose of the Association, the Board of Directors adopted the business name of Manchester Early Learning Center (MELC).  It is the only State-licensed, not-for-profit learning and care center in Wabash County. MELC is a United Fund agency and is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors.

With an enrollment fee schedule structured to meet the needs of lower income families, the Center enrolls children of any family interested in quality learning experiences for their youngsters.  The Center is licensed for a capacity of fifty-five children.  The Center is open year-round, five days a week, with some exceptions for holidays, from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.  It employs a teaching and support staff of 15 persons, including both full- and part-time employees.  The daily schedule includes nutritionally appropriate meals and snacks,   We plan daily activities that target artistic, reading, math, science, gross and fine motor skills.  We schedule both structured and unstructured play time for children.   We believe that by developing the body and the mind we can help create a better future for these children.

Unfortunately, fees paid by parents and subsidies for both child care and food by the government do not fully cover operational costs of the Center.  We depend on the support of our community to continue providing quality child care.