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Owner + Director

Hi there! We're the Feldmans!

Emily + Tom + Holland


It’s still seems a bit surreal that Lakes Early Learning Center is now a reality for our family.  For as long as Emily can remember, she’s had a love for kids.  She spent many evenings, weekends, and summers babysitting in middle school, high school, and college, and before she was old enough to babysit on her own, she tagged along with her older sisters. As Emily was finishing high school and making plans for her future, she decided to attend Central College and major in Business and Spanish.  After college, Emily entered the working world, and she had the privilege of working with a team of financial planners as their office manager.  However, in the back of her mind, Emily always had this thought about a career with children but going back to school right away to pursue a different career didn’t seem like the best idea at that time.  So, Emily continued to volunteer with children’s ministries at church and as a mentor with Everybody Wins! Iowa.  After a lot of thought and prayer, Emily & Tom decided Emily should go for it and make a career change.  Emily had the opportunity to be the director at an early learning center in Bondurant, and during that time, it was made clear that owning an early learning center was what we wanted for our future.  We live within the North Polk School District, and we were frequently hearing from friends & family how hard it was to find childcare in Polk City.  So, we got busy and started exploring our options, and here we are a couple of years later.


As a family owned & operated center, you are sure to see us on a regular basis, especially Emily & Holland.  As the director, Emily oversees the day-to-day operations of Lakes ELC.  Emily believes smiles are contagious.  So if you see her, even bright & early on Monday mornings, you can almost bet she has a smile on her face and that you’ll leave smiling too.  Holland was officially the first kiddo enrolled at Lakes ELC, and it has become her second home.  Going to work with mom isn’t so bad when you get to see all your friends every day!  It’s never boring…except maybe on the weekends when her friends aren’t here.  Tom’s role is a bit more behind the scenes – taking care of the lawn and any other maintenance that might need done. If there’s something that needs to be repaired, Mr. Tom is our guy.


We can’t wait to be able to serve our growing community and look forward to welcoming you into the Lakes ELC family!

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