February 2011 - A Touch of Home (ATH) Child Care was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to proud parents (or co-owners) Andrea Lopez and Elise Allie. Miss Andrea and Miss Elise were driven by their passionate vision to provide quality affordable child care to families where their children would thrive in a homey, nurturing, and center-based daycare environment.
June 2011 - Through nothing but word of mouth advertising, A Touch Of Home was full-grown within four months of opening. Overwhelmed with the love and support of their child care families, Miss Andrea and Miss Elise took a leap of faith and began pursuing a second location.
June 2012 - A Touch of Home Too was born in Portage, Michigan. Both child care centers were successful and thriving.
November 2014 - With the desire for more family time and less stress, Miss Andrea and Miss Elise made the difficult decision to close the Kalamazoo location and focus all efforts on making ATH Portage a high-quality, star-rated center. http://www.greatstarttoquality.org May 2015- A Touch of Home Gladys received their 4 Star rating and became proud participants with the KCReady 4's scholarship program. Please visit their website to see if your family qualifies for this awesome preschool scholarship program. www.kcready4s.org
November 2016- With most of their own children being school age and current childcare parents voicing a need for an affordable school age program, Andrea and Elise found a need to expand once again. The perfect location presented itself when a former child care center became available. The Oakland location opened in December of 2016 and is now a 3 Star High Quality center.
Meet the Owners
Elise Allie is a mother of three who holds a BS degree in
Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University. Paired with a minor in Psychology, Miss Elise has loved
working with children since 2003. Her previous experience includes
serving as the Lead Infant Teacher at KinderCare, assisting with
after-school programs, and serving as a student literacy therapist at
the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech, and
Lopez is a mother of three who holds a BA degree in Family Studies from
Western Michigan University. With extensive experience caring for
children in a variety of settings, including working alongside a
behavior specialist in grief counseling and self-esteem building, Miss
Andrea also incorporates her own life experiences and passion into the
care she provides for others.
A Touch Of Home Child Care
400 Gladys Street, Portage, MI 49002 • 269-324-1969
7455 Oakland Drive, Portage, MI 49024 • 269-220-5585