A bustling location filled with laughter and energy, Ages in Stages early learning center serves 250 children ages 4 weeks to 12-years-old. “In our business we choose children first,” says owner Stacie Blair. “They are our number one priority. We start modeling, guiding, and teaching as early as infancy and create a home away from home environment.”

While the pandemic certainly forced Ages in Stages to adapt, it also really helped them focus on what was truly important. “COVID actually helped our center in a way,” says co-owner David Blair. “It helped us come together and really work harder to provide an even more nurturing environment for the children.”

When the Blair’s banker approached them about the Bank’s Pass It On Project, they knew exactly how to help. Ages In Stages is providing free tuition for some families that are struggling financially, and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “We are providing free tuition to some clients who are struggling,” says Stacie. “With Columbia Bank’s help, we will make sure that some kids continue to receive the support and love they need.