Columbia officials visit new Tree Top Innovative Learning Center

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 5:46 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The second and final basketball hoop was put in place Wednesday morning at Tree Top Innovative Learning Center, symbolizing the next step in the development of the center. City Manager Mike Matthes and Columbia Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs were on hand for the placement.

The center will offer child care services as well as educational opportunities for children and parents. Parents will pay for child care services on a weekly basis, but the educational options for parents will be free. The center hopes to receive some financing through state programs, said Chris Campbell, who is starting the center along with his wife, Tiffany.

The child care services will place an emphasis on education as well as being well-rounded, something that includes eating right and staying active, Campbell said. 

"Personally, I wish my kids were younger again," Griggs said. "Having a place that combines the health and physical things with adult education is great. The healthy lifestyle aspect is what sets this place apart."

Although the center is not yet complete, Chris and Tiffany Campbell plan to open as soon as construction is finished. They did not seek out monetary donations for the center but have relied on service donations to outfit the building. Before Tree Top, the building housed Heritage Baptist Church.

Although Tree Top plans to open area by area as different rooms are finished, Tiffany Campbell wants the center to be finished before open enrollment begins, she said.

"I want them to be able to see the vision," she said.

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