Gentex and ODC Network Break Ground on Innovative Preschool
“Improving access to affordable, quality childcare is a goal shared by all the groups represented here today,” said Gentex President and CEO
The Gentex Discovery Preschool: An ODC Network Early Childcare Center, will consist of a 43,000-square-foot facility to be built on Gentex’s corporate campus in
The facility will be owned by Gentex and operated by the ODC Preschools division of the ODC Network. ODC Preschools provides nature-based childcare and early childhood education programming. Children spend time outdoors each day, learning through active play and exploration.
“Employer-based childcare centers are strategically important to the continued growth of West Michigan,” said ODC’s CEO
The Gentex Discovery Preschool will be the first of its kind in the area, due in part to its extended hours of operation, which will accommodate the children of both first- and second-shift workers, with a capacity target of up to 250 children per shift. Gentex plans to offer discounted childcare rates as a benefit of employment.
Over the past couple years, Gentex has been systematically addressing some of the region’s most significant barriers to employment. In 2021, the company launched Spanish-speaking assembly lines to expand employment opportunities for West Michigan’s growing Hispanic community. Today, over 200 Spanish-speaking employees work on various production lines throughout the company.
Later this month, the company plans to open a satellite production facility in the
ODC Preschools' mission is to provide quality, nature-based, early childhood experiences that prepare young children to be active, independent learners with a lifelong connection to the natural world. ODC Preschools is one of ODC Network's nine divisions.
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Gentex Breaks Ground on Gentex Discovery Preschool
Dozens of representatives from educational institutions, community organizations, economic development groups, and state and local government gathered today in
Zeeland, Michigan, as Gentex Corporation and the ODC Network broke ground on the Gentex Discovery Preschool, an on-site daycare center and preschool designed to provide quality, subsidized childcare for the children of Gentex employees.Pictured (left to right) Laurel Grose, Site Director, Gentex Discovery PreschoolKevin Nash, CFO, Gentex; ODC Board MemberTravis Williams, CEO, ODC NetworkSteve Downing, President & CEO, GentexDwayne Masselink, Founder, InterActive Studio, LLC
Future Home of the Gentex Discovery Preschool
Gentex and ODC broke ground today on the Gentex Discovery Preschool in
Zeeland, Michigan. The facility will become a meaningful benefit for Gentex employees, allow individuals to reenter the workforce, and create childcare openings throughout the community.
Gentex President & CEO speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gentex Discovery Preschool, an on-site daycare center and preschool designed to provide quality, subsidized childcare for the children of Gentex employees.
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Travis Williams speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Gentex Discovery Preschool. The facility will be owned by Gentex and operated by the ODC Preschools division of the ODC Network. ODC Preschools provides nature-based childcare and early childhood education programming. Children spend time outdoors each day, learning through active play and exploration.
Source: Gentex Corporation