Mrs. Michelle (Straw) Harbaugh is the founding director of Steps to Success.
After graduating from Millersville University with a BSE in ElEd, Michelle worked as a substitute teacher in
Lancaster and then Delaware Counties. Her first fulltime position was at Wynnefield Academy in Philadelphia. She also
worked for Associated Day Care Services on Jackson Street, Philadelphia. It was these experiences & her need for
fields, trees & cows that brought her back to Lancaster County.
It was her vision to offer part time fees backed by the belief that parents and families should not be penalized for
having time to spend with their children. Another driving belief in the daily operations of the center can be quoted
by the staff. "Every day is inspection day." We do it right every day. Michelle also believes in her staff. "Your
staff makes your center. They have the most important jobs." In addition to starting Steps to Success, Mrs. Harbaugh
also coordinated the relocation of the center in 2000 and the addition of the Christian curriculum in 2001.