Open house highlights changes to child care facility

Pinecrest holding fundraiser after re-opening as not-for-profit institution

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Big changes to an Elkhart child care center have prompted the owners to hold a grand re-opening of the facility this weekend.

The newly christened Pinecrest Preschool and Children’s Center will host an open house fundraiser for families currently enrolled, as well as interested families, on Saturday.

Once a for-profit institution, Pinecrest was recently restructured to operate as a not-for-profit child care center.

When they decided to make the switch, owner Robert Buss and his wife, Christy, chose to change the name as well. The former Buss Stop Daycare Center became Pinecrest to distinguish that the school had a preschool program, according to Robert Buss.

The preschool and day care has been owned and operated by Robert’s family since 1971. He purchased the facility from his parents in 2005 and now he and Christy run it together.

To survive in the current economic climate, the Busses decided the change to a nonprofit institution made the most sense.

The center can accommodate up to 100 children and is open to families in all situations, however, an emphasis is placed on low-income families that require financial assistance.

Saturday’s open house will include tours of the facility for potential customers, arts and crafts and a bouncy house for kids, as well as a large outdoor rummage sale of toys, cots, chairs and many other child care supplies and equipment. “We’re going to try to show ourselves off a bit,” Robert Buss said.

The school will also hold a drawing at 1:30 p.m., giving away six months of free care to the child of one new family, valued at $3,510. Families can enter the drawing by visiting Pinecrest and submitting an entry.

Pinecrest is at 512 Hallie Road, Elkhart. For more information visit the Pinecrest Facebook page.

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