As of June 19, 2019, Ages and Stages Learning Center officially changed hands from Dennis and Cheri Wilson to their daughter and son-in-law, Tyna and Rob Lukitsch.
Cheri Wilson said, “I ran Ages and Stages for over 20 years. I loved, enjoyed it, and breathed it like fresh air everyday. But running a business ties you down. Life is short, and my husband and I are looking forward to going places and seeing things while we still can.”
Cheri started taking care of children over 40 years ago in her home. She said, “I offered 24-hour care and kept the children of firefighters, pilots and flight attendants, and more. I was always full. One day, Barb Lindner, who worked with me said, ‘Cheri, you ought to build a school on that piece of property along Hwy. D.’ We started the process, and today I’m proud to say Ages and Stages is licensed for 123 children.”
Cheri said, “I want to reach out to all the parents who have put their trust in me, my family and our staff over the years. We are extremely grateful for your patronage. Many of our current families are 2nd and 3rd generation clients, and we sincerely appreciate your loyalty through the years.”
She continued, “I’ll be honest. I didn’t say goodbye to our customers in person because I would have gotten too emotional. I will miss each and every one of you, but we know, and I’m sure you also know, that Dennis and I are leaving the business in good hands. Tyna and Rob and all of the Ages and Stages staff will carry on the relationships and quality of care that our clients have come to expect. We wish them, and all of our families and friends that we’ve grown so close to over the years the very best wishes for the future.”
Tyna Lukitsch said, “I’ve been involved in this business for over 20 years and have enjoyed helping and watching so many children grow and learn. This community means very much to us and we look forward to welcoming more children into our extended family here at Ages & Stages. We provide a nurturing, structured and educational environment. We offer care for newborns to 16 years of age, with full and part time enrollment options. We offer a wonderful preschool and pre-K program, plus school-age care. Our curriculum is year-round for our infants, toddler, 2’s, preschool and pre-K. Our school-age program offers before and after school care, seasonal breaks, and summer camp with field trips and activities.”
Tyna also said, “We are in the process of launching Myprocare software that will provide right-to-your-phone direct communication of daily reports, group texts, supplies needed, etc., plus the option to pay by credit card. Next Spring we will be starting a school garden which will provide hands-on experience as the kids help with the daily care and watch the “fruits of their labor” take shape.”
Ages and Stages Learning Center is located at 3925 Hwy. D, Defiance, MO 63341; and is currently welcoming new students. To enroll, or for more information, please call 636-398-3000.