Local child care pioneer, Sara Allen, honored

LACONIA — Dozens of local community leaders turned out on Thursday to honor Sara Allen who, 50 years ago, started what is now Lakes Region Child Care Services.

The audience included community partners, donors, past and present board members.

"The Lakes Region is a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Lakes Region Child Care Services Executive Director Marti Ilg in her remarks. Belknap County Sheriff Mike Moyer, chairman of the Child Care Service's board, joined Ilg in leading the program which was held at the Belknap Mill and was sponsored by Melcher and Prescott Insurance.

The program included a presentation by WMUR anchor Scott Spradling and Early Learning NH Executive Director Jackie Cowell, as well as the reading of a proclamation from Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, who proclaimed Friday Sara Allen Day.

"Over the past 50 years, Sara has continued to devote herself to children through serving on the Lakes Region Child Care Services board of directors, guiding the group through growth, being an enthusiastic, loyal supporter of progress and serving as a liaison to the community. The program that she started in 1967 has grown from a small group to an institution with four centers that offer quality care to over 420 children in 29 towns in and around the Lakes Region," read the mayor's proclamation in part.

LRCCS presently operates four child care centers, as well as before- and-after-school programs in Laconia and Belmont elementary schools.


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Sara Allen listens as Laconia Mayor Pro-Tem Armand Bolduc, reads from Mayor Ed Engler's proclamation honoring Allen for her 50 years of leadership in the field of child care in the Greater Laconia area which led to the establishment of Lakes Region Child Care Services. Standing between them is Belknap County Sheriff Mike Moyer, chairman of the Child Care Services' board. (Courtesy photo)


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Sara Allen expresses here gratitude upon being honored for her 50 years of work on behalf of child-care services in the Laconia area. Some 60 people turned out for the testimonial event held at the Belknap Mill. (Courtesy photo)