I am presently a member of the Board of Directors, but first became involved with the Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) when my child was enrolled in the program. My wife and I were moving and heard about a child care center within the neighborhood in which we bought our home. We visited the center and were struck by the professional approach of the welcoming staff and the beautiful center. We enrolled our daughter at age 3 and she had a wonderful experience over the next two years. She developed many of the basic skills desired for children entering kindergarden, including number, letter and color recognition; an expanding and age apropriate vocabulary; and positive social skills. Specific to FELS, she was provided programming consistent with the beginnings of a Jewish education. This component meshed nicely with the values and traditions observed in our home. The staff always went out of their way to ensure a positive experience for both children and parents. Parent - teacher meetings were held regularly, though we were encouraged and able to discuss progress with the teacheres on an as needed basis. We developed relationships with several families whose chidlren were enrolled at the Gutman Center. During our time at the center and since our children have moved on we have talked about how much FELS has meant to us and our children. When I was invited to join the Board of Directors, I was honored and have been actively involved with the organization in this capacity for more than three years.