|Las Posas Children's Center After School Childcare and Summer Camp|
The History of
Las Posas Children's Center
Las Posas Children's Center opened in June 1985. The founders were Robert (Bob) Alfino and Cheryl Reeder. Prior to that Bob and Cheryl were employed by the Camarillo Family YMCA, Bob as the Site Director at Los Nogales School and Cheryl as the Child Care Coordinator overseeing all YMCA child care centers in Camarillo.
Being young entrepreneurs, Bob and Cheryl decided to venture out on their own. Having no money, they borrowed $1,500.00 from Cheryl's father to buy some office and program supplies, a telephone line, some advertising, and rent a bus. They arranged for nearby Somis School to house their new child care center. They began taking registration for their Summer Day Camp and by the first day of operation more than 100 children had enrolled, nearly 60 from the YMCA.
After a very successful first summer Bob and Cheryl bought a van to transport children to school and back to the center. The program served about 30-35 children during that school year. (Enrollment is always higher during the summer). As the next summer approached, more and more parents who had seen the the new summer camp flyers wanted to enroll their children at LPCC. Many even enrolled in the after school program prior to summer. It was a very exciting time and by the time summer started, over 160 children had enrolled.
In the second week of summer, the night before the big trip to Disneyland, Cheryl suddenly and tragically died from a blood clot in her lung. She was only 27. The camp was closed for the rest of the week and reopened the following Monday. The parents stuck with LPCC and the staff worked extra hard to keep the center open.
Bob called an old friend from his days at the YMCA for help. Robert (Bobby) Holmes arrived and quickly turned the camp back into a happy one.
By 1989 LPCC was arguably the largest child care center in Camarillo serving over 250 children ages 3-14. In September of that year LPCC opened 3 more centers in the Ventura Unified School District at Junipero Serra School, Blanche Reynolds School, and Pierpont School. About 70 children in Ventura were enrolled. The summer camp enrolled 90.
Meanwhile Somis School was going through a transition period. The new School Board that had recently been elected decided to have a school run child care center and didn't renew the LPCC lease.
The summer of 1991 was kind of a new beginning for LPCC. Over 180 children were enrolled. No summer since has had less than 200. In 1993 LPCC purchased a 1,920 square foot modular classroom for the Serra School site. Over 80 children were enrolled there during the school year with a waiting list over 100. In 1995 they purchased a similar building for the Pierpont School site, and a new 72 passenger bus. In 1997 a new 65 passenger bus was purchased. In 1998 a new building was purchased for the Blanche Reynolds Site. And in 2001 a new 66 passenger bus was purchased.
LPCC was awarded Citrus Glen School, the new elementary school in east Ventura, and opened in the fall of 1999. The program is housed in a new LPCC owned building. Also in the fall of 1999, LPCC opened a center at Montalvo School using a rented classroom.
In the fall of 2000 LPCC added an extra classroom at Serra School raising the enrollment to over 100, and picked up Will Rogers School with an enrollment of about 30.
In January 2002 LPCC opened their new Corporate Offices in Ventura, complete with private offices, a conference room, a staff lounge and warehouse space.
In 2003 the LPCC Summer Day Camp became accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the first in the city of Ventura to do so.
LPCC staff won the City of Ventura Corporate Games D Division Overall Championship in 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 before retiring from competition after the 2010 games.
LPCC was voted Best Day Care for the West Ventura County in the Ventura County Star Readers Poll in 2011, 2013, and 2014 and in the VC Reporter in 2013 and 2014..
Today there are 500 children enrolled in the 6 centers during the school year. Over 550 are enrolled during the summer. LPCC employs over 35 people year round.