CHESTERMERE – The new Chestermere Learning Centre, which is operated under Edleun (Education Learning Universe), is set to open on July 1.
The three-level facility will offer early education programs for children ranging from six weeks to 12 years of age. It will offer preschool, kindergarten, before and after school care, tutoring and summer camps.
Marnie Testa, VP of Centre Operations for Edleun, said that the centre will offer age-specific curriculum, including a formal curriculum for preschool aged children.
“Today’s parents are evolving in that they want their children to be part of a learning environment from an early age, and be looked after in the best possible way,” she said. “Research has shown that the first two years of a child’s life are the most crucial part of their development, so Edleun has set apart a vision apart from what is commonly known as day care, and created a learning environment.
“Instead of just providing childcare, we provide a safe environment where children can develop in both education and socialization.”
As far as why Edleun decided to establish a learning centre in Chestermere, Testa said that the group looks at what areas need the type of facility and how much it will be able to benefit the community as a whole.
“We look to see what areas really needs us, and because Chestermere is a great area with lots of new development, we saw a use for it here,” she said. “Before we go into an area, we do research to see if families in that area are supported in terms of child care, as well as whether parents have to go out of their way to find a facility for their children.
“Parents want to be able to know that when they drop their children off, they’re leaving them somewhere that’s safe, secure and provides a positive environment. That is what we will be providing to Chestermere and surrounding communities.”
The facility will offer 25% more classroom space per child than government licensing requirements, with specifically designed and equipped classrooms for different age groups. There will be a large age specific outdoor playground as well as an 1,800 square foot indoor gym. There will be flex rooms for tutoring programs and other community activities for use after hours and on weekends.
The building will be fully handicap accessible facility with an elevator, and will be complete with security card access.
There will be an open house at the new facility on May 26. Anyone is invited to stop by and check out the facility and learn about everything it will offer when it officially opens on July 1.
For more information about Edleun and their programs, visit edleun.com.