Firm Foundations Early Learning Center


Our Story


Firm Foundations Early Learning Center, a Ministry of Midland Evangelical Free Church
7221 N. Jefferson Avenue, Midland, MI  48642
Phone: 419-775-6549


Our Mission/Vision

Firm Foundations provides a Christ-like environment that reflects the truth of God in our actions and communications through the development of healthy relationships within our community. We dedicate our resources to the social-emotional, academic and physical development of our children, the creation of strong support systems for working families and the pursuit of highly trained teachers.


Our philosophy

Children need a firm foundation for optimal growth emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. A child’s brain development is significantly impacted by the environment in which they learn. We believe that optimal brain development can only be achieved through strong relationships with positive, healthy adults and caregivers. Further, children develop the essential foundation of academic success through active involvement in an enriching environment at a young age.


Our commitment

We are committed to providing a firm foundation for healthy child development. Our program will focus on creating an environment where the basics (social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth) are developed, nurtured and enhanced for each and every child. We will maintain a high-quality environment characterized by stimulating equipment, challenging curriculum, experienced, educated staff, small group sizes and low teacher-to-child ratios. Further, we are committed to consistent and open communication with you as a parent.


Our leadership team

Early Learning Center Director

Alexa Crase, joined the Firm Foundation team at its inception. She comes to us with a Master’s degree in School Psychology and 3 years’ experience in the childcare field. Her love and passion for children shows in her dedication and commitment to high quality childcare, learning new skills, helping people and developing her leadership skills. Her kind, caring and loving spirit provide the right environment for children and teachers to learn and grow.

Early Learning Center Program Consultant

Renee Johnson, possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. Her leadership has been developed through various professional organizations as well as the development and ownership of two childcare programs in Midland. Renee is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Education.  Her love and passion for children, teachers and parents shines through in her coordination and leadership of early childhood programs.


FFELC Weather Policy

It would take extremely inclement weather or something out of our control for Firm Foundations to close. If the occasion does arise, the Center’s closing will be broadcast on WNEM TV 5, WCEN 94.5, WUGN 99.7, and WMPX AM 1490. Please note that Firm Foundations does not run on the public school schedule.


FFELC Closings

The Center will be closed on the holidays listed below so you can enjoy them with your family: We will observe holidays that fall on a Saturday on the previous Friday and will observe holidays that fall on a Sunday on the following Monday.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Good Friday
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Professional Development Day:  The Firm Foundations staff will take one professional development day which will be announced each year in January.
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