A daycare operation that started in northeast Johnson County back in 2012 has recently opened its second location in the area.
Premier Learning, which started in the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection building at 91st Street and Mission Road, opened its new center at 7219 Metcalf Avenue in northern Overland Park in late May.
Proprietor Angela Bertocchini said it wasn’t long after opening the first location that she realized the business would need more space soon. The waiting list of northeast Johnson County families looking for daycare kept growing, she said.
“About two years in, I realized that we needed to have more space,” Bertocchini said. “And instead of just closing that one down and moving to a bigger space — because [the original] is so convenient for families over there, I said we could do two locations.”
Premier took over a building that had previous served as a real estate office and gutted it to the exterior walls, renovating the inside with kid-friendly care rooms and play areas. The new facility can accommodate up to 100 children. About 50 are current enrolled.
“Our whole philosophy is to provide a center where families and children really feel welcome, and can come to a place and feel loved and learn,” she said. “The more relaxed and comfortable they are in a setting, the more apt they are to want to come to school.”
Premier Learning offers programs for infants 6-weeks and older up to kindergarteners. The operation uses the HighScope Curriculum, which is focused on hands-on learning techniques.