Child Care Centers hires new director

Shelley Long - Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers
Shelley Long
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers

Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers has a new executive director.

Shelley Long has been promoted to executive director of Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers and program director for the Children’s Center on Cave Avenue.

The organization has also announced two promotions within its ranks.

Prior to accepting the executive director position, Long served as the program director at Big Kids. Long came to Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers after many years working as a Speech Pathologist in the North Kitsap School District, director of Stephen’s House on Bainbridge Island and a lead instructor at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Long’s duties include managing the staff at all three childcare centers, overall financial management of the organization, fund-raising and grant writing.

“I really feel like my most important job is continuing to make our organization a great place for kids,” Long said.

“With more than 15 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, Shelley is certainly a valued community member,” said Sarah Morgans, president of the centers’ board of trustees.

“We have been proud to have her as part of the BICCC team and now appreciate having her at the helm,” Morgans added.

Bridgette Springer has been promoted to site supervisor for the Big Kids program.

Springer previously served as lead teacher at Big Kids. She has been with Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers for more than 15 years, and started her career in childcare as a high school aide.

“Bridgette provides the sort of caring consistency that kids in their early elementary years thrive under. We were thrilled that Bridgette agreed to lead the program,” Morgans said.

Bridgette Wilson, who serves as site supervisor for the Kids Club program, has been given the additional title and responsibilities of facilities director for all of Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers.

“Bridgette is absolutely tireless for her kids, for her staff and she has demonstrated to a great degree the past several months in taking care of what needs to get done,” Morgans said. “Adding the title of facilities director acknowledges Bridgette’s initiative and competence in this important area.”

“The professionalism, nurturing attention and dedication of the BICCC staff are what make the programs so enriching for our children,” Morgans added. “In considering the qualifications and talents of these three individuals, the board has every confidence that their leadership will not only continue BICCC’s long tradition of providing quality child care but will also reinvigorate the organization.”

Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers, a nonprofit that has been on Bainbridge Island for more than 40 years, serves more than 150 local families with children from 2 to 12 years old. The organization has a mission is to serve the community and its families by providing affordable, accessible programs for preschool and school-age children where fun and learning are promoted in a creative, nurturing and safe environment.

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