Luthercare for Kids Opens New Early Learning Center in Marietta

Luthercare for Kids, in partnership with Community Bible Church in Marietta, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new child care and Early Learning Center in western Lancaster County.

The creation of Luthercare for Kids – Marietta reflects Luthercare’s comprehensive commitment to providing high-quality child care in an environment specifically designed to support early learning programming for young children in the communities served by Luthercare for Kids.

The location, within a state-ofthe-art space inside Community Bible Church, 331 Anderson Ferry Road, Marietta, opened its doors on Monday, June 4, and is providing services for infants (age 6 weeks) through preschool. The center will also offer a before- and after-school program for the 2018-2019 school year.

The partnership enables Luthercare the opportunity to collaborate with two school districts – Columbia and Donegal – to combine resources toward the common goal of equipping children with a strong education foundation that will provide them with the skills they need to be successful in school and life.

“This is an exciting time for Luthercare for Kids,” says Lorita Valente, Executive Director of Community Programs for Luthercare. “We believe the care and education of young children is the foundation of every community’s success. We are fortunate to be able to join forces with Community Bible Church and look forward to the many opportunities this partnership will provide to the children and families we serve.”

To celebrate the grand opening, Luthercare for Kids hosted a celebration on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with invited local dignitaries. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at noon, and the event included tours of the early learning center and an opportunity to meet the Luthercare for Kids team. Luthercare for Kids – Marietta also hosted a series of open houses in June for interested families and individuals to tour classrooms, explore options and learn more.

Luthercare for Kids – Marietta is one of four centers operated by Luthercare for Kids in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Luthercare for Kids provides a perfect balance of learning and play, and their approach to child care and early learning gives children the exceptional skills they need to ensure success in kindergarten and beyond. Each Luthercare for Kids location is a state-licensed center and participates in Pennsylvania’s quality initiative, the Keystone STARS program. Luthercare for Kids offers Early Head Start and Pre-K Counts programming.

Since 2005, Luthercare has operated Luthercare for Kids – Columbia within a space at the Columbia School District Administration Building. That location reduced services on June 1. Services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers moved to the Luthercare for Kids® – Marietta location, which opened June 4. The school-age summer program will continue to operate at the Columbia location until the 2018-2019 school year begins, at which time the Columbia location will close. Before- and afterschool care will begin in Marietta with the new school year.

For more information about Luthercare for Kids – Marietta, please contact the Center at 717.604.1865, by email at lckmarietta@luthercare.org or visit our website at www.luthercareforkids.org/marietta.

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