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.

Lauren Fitzgerald

Assistant Director

Growing up Lauren was a theater kid and always loved music time whether it be singing or playing instruments. Growing up Lauren knew working with children was something she was very interested in and as soon as she was able, she began that journey. 

Lauren now has over 10 YEARS of experience in Early Education and what a rewarding joy it has been for her! Early Education is the foundational structure needed to set each child up for success. Birth to 5 years of age is the most important time in a child’s life developmentally. You hear it all the time, only because it’s true! Guiding young minds to strengthen their skills, molds a child to become what they desire to be later in life! 

She is passionate about what I do and will continue to make it my goal to advocate and help others understand and recognize how important early childhood education is!


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