About Us

About Great Days

The mission of Great Days Early Education Center Inc., is to provide a safe, secure, nurturing childcare center. A developmentally appropriate early childhood education with parent support that is affordable and flexible to Cottage Grove area families.


Great Days has been a non-profit child care center since 1975. We are run by a board of directors consisting of community members and parents. We are open 360 days a year, closing only 5 days a year. 


We accept parent payments as well as DHS and ERDC payments. We collaborate with the University of Oregon Early Childhood CARES to provide free screenings and evaluations of speech and other developmental concerns of children as needed.


In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We are an equal opportunity employer.

About The Staff

Barbara Howell

Barbara Howell has been the Director of Great Days since 1990. She helps out in the classrooms and keeps things running. She has 24 years experience in early childhood education, a mother of 6 children and has 12 grandchildren. 

Alisa Walley

Pre-K Kindergarten Teacher

April Plowright

After School and All Day Care Teacher

Lindsey Cothrun

Pre School Teacher

Lisa Rathke

Pre School Teacher