Little Learning Ranch, a private preschool in Henrietta, will close its door this year after 10 years in business.
“I have always strived to provide a quality program dedicated to children’s intellectual, social and spiritual development. It has been a worthwhile experience, and I have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Trish Bryant, who owns the preschool, said in a letter to parents.
Bryant’s decision will allow her to be more active in the lives of her own children, the youngest of which starts public school in the fall. The Bryants also have a first-grader.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but I am confident it is the right one,” said Bryant.
Acceptance into Little Learning Ranch was sought after by parents in Henrietta for its small enrollment and academic enrichment. There was always a wiring list to get into the school and Bryant said it was not unusual for a parent to contact the school before a child was born. She credited her employees with making the school a success the last five years, and thanked Samuel and Jennifer Mitchell for serving as a scholarship committee, as well as husband Wade for his continued support.
Bryant will keep the small house in northwest Henrietta that served as classrooms, as well as the Little Learning Ranch name.
“Although the Ranch will no longer be known as a preschool, it is my hope that it will remain a learning center,” said Bryant. “I envision a meeting place… somewhere that children can engage in and enjoy all kinds of enrichment activities, moms can be uplifted and inspired both mentally and physically, and that my motto ‘live in the moment’ can be fully understood and cultivated, all while giving God the glory.”