OAKHURST — Indian Springs Children’s Center has been the life focus of Jean Boren for the last 26 years. What began out of necessity for this one-time working mother in the business industry, quickly became a calling when she answered the offer to work in a preschool and stepped into a new life.
Jean likes to think that “when we go with the flow, pretty soon we’re where we should be.”
She originally purchased the school in 1990 and says, “we are so happy doing what we do; once you work with children everything else becomes boring. They have such bright minds and the individual personalities are a joy to watch develop. There is always lots of laughter!”
Jean Boren has certainly earned her wings, and there are hundreds of happy graduates of her Children’s Center who can attest to that. She is starting to see many who once attended as students themselves, return with their own little ones.
The longevity of the Center is a testament to the quality and care that each child receives. The focus here is the enrichment of the child academically and socially, in an environment that encourages each child to bring out their own unique personality.
Jean calls this the Happy Learning Center. “We enjoy creating a safe learning environment for all ages, especially with the indoor-outdoor spaces where children can enjoy learning and playing together.”
The programs are educational, but geared toward fun, according to the age group. They offer the 2 to 5-year-old kids a full day or part-time preschool program, as well as before and after-school day care for 6 to 12–year-old children.
The staff of four also stands the test of time under Jean’s guidance and care. The most recent employee has happily been a part of this program for two years, and teacher Dena Stouder will be starting the next chapter in her life when she retires after 18 years with Indian Springs at the end of December.
Not only are they centrally located to the public school system in Oakhurst, they work in cooperation with the District, and if there is a specific need, Jean says the school has been great in coming over to lend a hand.
Jean would like to take this opportunity to express her gratitude to one and all.
“This community has entrusted their children to me and enriched all our lives by sharing their friendship. Thank you!”
Indian Springs Children’s Center is open all year, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed major holidays. It’s located at 40088 Indian Springs Road in Oakhurst.