Michelle Olsson

Executive Director

Michelle began her career in early childhood education in 2007 teaching preschool at the Salina Family YMCA Early Education Center and obtained her Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development while teaching. While at the YMCA Michelle also worked as Staff Coordinator, Early Education Coordinator, and ultimately Youth and Family Director which oversaw not only the Early Education Classrooms, but youth programming and initiatives.  

Michelle is a huge supporter and a member of multiple advocacy groups for early care and education. Michelle has 2 children that have been a driving force behind her passion for helping children and continues to look for opportunities that will benefit the families served at Salina Child Care Association.

Jerika Mitchell

Assistant Director

Jerika moved to Salina from Hays, KS where she received her BS degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Fort Hays State University. Jerika has been working in the field of early education since 2014 where she first started as an assistant teacher at Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center. She has been a Lead Teacher in different preschool programs and has nannied for families in Hays. 

Jerika cheered at FHSU for three years and coached cheer at TMP High School for two years. She has coached gymnastics and tumbling for Twisterz Gymnastics in Russel and serves as a cheer judge for multiple institutions. 


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