Melanie Holaway Named GLAD Kids Director of Early Childhood Education

Melanie Holaway GLAD KidsMelanie Holaway has been named GLAD Kids Director of Early Childhood Education. GLAD Kids, a part of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center family, has served children birth to 5 years as an early learning center for more than 40 years. Located on Gladiolus Drive, GLAD Kids’ mission is to ensure low-income families have quality, affordable childcare. More than 80 children read, learn and play in a safe environment while their parents work to provide for their families. GLAD Kids is a preferred VPK Provider of Lee County Schools and has a 5 STAR rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.

“Melanie worked for us as a consultant and was instrumental in the successful acquisition and transition of GLAD Kids to The Heights family,” said Kathryn Kelly, Founder, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center. “Her leadership will help us increase our impact and outreach to the youngest children in the Harlem Heights community.”

Holaway’s experience includes leadership roles in the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Edison State College (now FSW) Preschool and Lee Health’s Child Development Center.

Kelly recently announced plans to build a three-story educational building on The Heights Center property that will house GLAD Kids and The Harlem Heights Community Charter School, a K-5 school. A groundbreaking is planned for fall 2019.

For more information about GLAD Kids visit www.gladkids.net, call (239) 481-2100 or email melanie@heightsfoundation.org