Updated: Feb 4
Aletha Harris, owner of BrighStart Early Preschool, is known to many to be a determined, strong and professional businesswoman: She attended Kenmore High School and has worked and lived in the area for many years. But it was her love for children that motivated her to open her own daycare business and accumulate more than20 years in the industry.
In June of 2020, Harris' strength and determination came in handy when, during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, she chose to open her second daycare location at1069 Kenmore Blvd.
Long time coming
“l had been eyeballing this building since 2012,” said Harris said. “I used to go to the doctor here.”
The building's former use worked out in Harris’ favor: Many of the pandemic-related CDC recommendations became that much easier to implement.
“There are sinks in each classroom…I intended to keep the sinks by the entryway so children can come in and wash hands,” she explained. “We limit what children can bring in and my staff is constantly cleaning and sanitizing. We are keeping classroom sizes smaller.”