HASLETT (WILX)-- With classes in music, art, dance and martial arts, the new Children's Enrichment Center in Haslett is not your normal after school care program.
The Center opened it's doors to the public for the first time Friday, and it's getting parents excited.
"I can visualize little bodies running all over the place here," said Danielle Elliott.
In some ways it's already begun. Running through the martial arts studio and twirling on the dance floor, little Lavina gives the new Children's Enrichment Center her approval, and parents do too.
"I know a lot of hard work went into this place. So it's great to see the finished product," said Elliott.
The center will be having a second open house Saturday, December 14th from noon-3 pm. It's independent from the Haslett School District, so all children, grades K-5 are welcome to join.
Owner Debra Ellis points out that the center isn't meant to be a baby-sitting service. The kids will be taking actual classes, like music and taekwondo, with time left over for homework.
"So in the evenings parents can go home, enjoy some family time, and not have to hustle and bustle the kids around so much," said Ellis.
The classes will be taught by professionals.
"Satara's School of Music, she has a masters degree in music, Master Chung is doing our martial arts class, and our dance teachers are coming from dance studio's."
What will set the center apart is the video surveillance that parents will be able to use to watch their kids in these classes. Parents will be given a secure website and password to access a live feed of the enrichment center.
"In this day and age where you worry about safety a lot. That's why you see glass on the doors, windows through every classroom so clear visibility. Live cameras will be up so the teachers are always on camera," said Ellis.
"As a parent it gives me a piece of mind that I can see what my kids are doing at all times," said Elliott.
Classes will begin the first week of January. The center is non-profit, but each class will cost between five to seven dollars a day.