The Giant Co. is partnering with U-GRO Learning Centres to open a child care center in spring 2022, next to the food retailer’s headquarters in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, reports the publication Progressive Grocer. Approximately 30 full- or part-time employees are expected to be employed at this location, which will be U-GRO’s second center in Cumberland County and its fifteenth in central Pennsylvania.
Construction is set to begin on the 15,000-square-foot facility in July. Upon opening in spring 2022, the child care center will provide 10 learning classrooms, an 1,800-square-foot indoor play space and a custom-designed 12,000-square-foot outdoor playground. Up to 150 children will be served daily through full- and part-time programs for ages 6 weeks to 8 years.
“At The Giant Co., everything we do is centered around our purpose of connecting families for a better future,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, The Giant Co. “We know that having access to excellent, high-quality child care is important to so many families, and that’s why we’re excited to be partnering with U-GRO to bring this much-needed resource to the Carlisle community and our team members. Equally important, this new child care facility represents our commitment to enhancing the community we’ve been proud to call home for nearly 100 years.”
In December, The Giant Co. also distributed funding to 22 Pennsylvania child care facilities through its $200,000 grant program, reports Progressive Grocer. Funding was provided by both The Giant Co. and The Hershey Co., in partnership with Pennsylvania Key, to licensed facilities that were facing operational and financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate partner than The Giant Co., who shares U-GRO’s long-standing tradition and commitment to serving central Pennsylvania communities,” noted Greg Holsinger, developer and former president and CEO of Hershey, Pennsylvania-based U-GRO. “We’re confident that this new facility will be an invaluable asset to the Carlisle community and look forward to the long-lasting impact it will have on families for many years to come.”
U-GRO combines a structured, age-appropriate program with self-direction, exploration and play — promoting children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. It currently serves more than 1,900 children daily across 14 locations in south central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, Lebanon, Lititz, York, Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg and Hershey.
The company recently joined Learning Care Group’s family of brands at the start of the new year. With more than 900 schools in its portfolio, Novi, Michigan-based Learning Care Group is the second-largest for-profit early education and child care provider in North America. In addition to operating community-based preschool locations, the company’s offerings include a suite of employer solutions with tuition scholarship, subsidy programs, on-site locations and backup care options.