U-Gro Learning Centres has broken ground on a child care center at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Located at the Shrine Road entrance to the Masonic Village campus, the project represents a more than $3 million investment. The new building will accommodate more families than its current facility at the site, and it will provide state-of-the art facilities to the Elizabethtown community.
Planned for a spring 2019 opening, the center is expected to employ 30-plus staff members when it is complete. It will feature a 13,500-square-foot, custom-designed outdoor playground and an indoor gym with 2,000 square feet of play space. The building will house 10 classrooms – one for infants, five for toddlers and four for preschoolers – accommodating up to 148 children, with full- and part-time programs for ages 6 weeks to 8 years.
“We are excited to begin work on U-Gro’s newest center at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, and we look forward to being a longtime partner to families of the Greater Elizabethtown-area community,” said Greg Holsinger, president and CEO of the family-owned company. “With kindergarten-readiness scores of 95.7 percent, our exceptional team of educators and this outstanding facility will help us to provide the best possible start in life for even more children in south-central Pennsylvania.”
U-Gro operates Masonic Village’s child care center near the Freemason Lodge at the heart of its campus. As part of the partnership with Masonic Village, the curriculum includes intergenerational programming with residents of the retirement community. When the new building opens, Masonic Village will use the current child care space for its residents.
U-Gro will expand its relationship with Elizabethtown College with this center through a mutually beneficial lab school learning environment. The Masonic Village location will increase the integration between Elizabethtown’s Department of Education and U-Gro’s Early Learning Programs, offering new opportunities for college students to observe and teach in classrooms.