Poll to direct child care center at YMCA


IRON MOUNTAIN – The Systems Control Little Sparks Child Care Center at the Northern Lights YMCA has a new director.

Heather Poll, a lead teacher in the preschool room, has been promoted to director after the retirement of previous director Sue Nelson.

“We are excited and thrilled to have Heather as our new director in the child care center,” Northern Lights YMCA center director Jonathan Ringel said. “Heather is a tremendously qualified individual with many years of experience working with children and families.”

Poll has worked in Little Sparks as a lead preschool teacher since the center’s inception in March 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in human services, and also has had positions as a community outreach coordinator for the Michigan Alliance for Families, a regional parent liaison for the Copper County Great Start Collaborative and an infant/toddler teacher for the Little Huskies Child Development Center at Michigan Technology University.

“I have been working with families and children for over 20 years,” Poll said “I’ve worn many hats in the development of my career, but working with young children is my passion. I’m excited to now have the opportunity to continue helping Little Sparks Child Care Center blossom in my new role as director.”

The Systems Control Little Sparks Child Care Center at the Northern Lights YMCA accepts children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.

A flat weekly rate for full-time enrollees includes all snacks and meals, YMCA membership and other free YMCA exclusive enrichment activities such as swim lessons.

For more information, call 906-239-3717 or stop by the YMCA.


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