My Journey Through Childcare By Ella M. Kohlheim written 2013
I am a child that was brought up in a large family, yes my Grandparent’s house with
lots of love, caring, and sharing. Always teaching , my family had plenty to eat from
their farm which had many various produce and meats. My family would
commonlyserve the community with several of our farm’s nutrients, from meats to just
plain peas. Also taking time to fish in the neighborhood pond affectionately known as
“Black Gut” pond. The community was quite important to us. I feel this is the time
when I discovered that people in a community mattered. My Grandmother asked me
one day if I thought we should use the old barn for Sunday school, to this I replied with
excitement “oh yes Mama, I can teach the Sunday school. She replied “yes” and we set
out to fix up the old barn. When this was done, I began my journey of teaching, which
continues to this very day.
After graduating high school I soon moved to the metropolitan area where I met my
friend and soulmate Edward Kohlheim and life began as soon as we were married. He
began working for the district government and I worked in a beauty salon, where I also
attended beauty school, this was fullfilling only part of me, but not as complete as the
Sunday school I once taught.
Later my husband and I pursued many business adventures from a funeral parlor, that
scared he and I both out of business quickly to a beauty salon of our own. This was
nice until the arrival of our first child Edward Jr. Followed shortly by Tyrone. This would
never work in a beauty salon, so I went home. We sold the shop and invested into our
former home as a daycare center for the community of Holly Park. We chose this name
of the community to show this name to show family oneness with the community that
we loved so much. I started with my own two children, which I made my husband pay
tuition for so I could have a paycheck but he only paid twice. I had one other student
whose parent paid tuition.
Gladly, the President of Holly Park Civic Association enrolled her child beginning my life
long career journey in child care as well as community politics supporter.
Childcare has been very fulfilling to me allowing my Sunday school hunger to suffice as
well as educating the future, of which many of my now parents were my past students.
This says a lot to me when I think back to the beginnings of the past 40 plus years of
childcare. Much has changed and much has stayed the same but for me there is no
retirement plan from what I love so much, community childcare services.
40 plus years of childcare