There may be a dusting of snow on the playground at Lightbridge Academy, but visions of summer camp are dancing in the heads of the kids and teachers at the spacious daycare and early childhood learning center in Plainsboro.
From June 24 to August 31, the Lightbridge Academy will offer a summer camp program designed to keep campers happy, healthy and entertained with an array of activities. Parents can book their children for one week or the entire summer.
The comprehensive camp program is open to kids five years and above, according to Jessica McKenna, the school’s director. On site, there are games on the fully-equipped playground and kids can also indulge in that time-honored sport, running through the water sprinklers. On Foodie Fridays, budding chef’s test their culinary skills. Storytellers and magicians drop by and the popular musician, Mr. Ray, brings his colorful guitar and magical songs of dinosaurs and rainbows to a rapt audience.
New this year are field trips to local libraries and to Chuck E. Cheese’s for more fun, games and of course, pizza! Campers can also take advantage of learning programs such as Spanish and Handwriting Without Tears American Sign Language.
Year round, the Lightbridge Academy also functions as a comprehensive early childhood learning center for children from six weeks to 13 years. “We have programs that are geared to the parents’ needs as well as the children’s,” says Jessica McKenna. “We are far more than a babysitting service,” she affirms. “We provide creative solutions for working families.”
Founded in New Jersey in 1997, Lightbridge Academy is a rapidly growing franchise. Jessica McKenna chose the Lightbridge program for a number of reasons but was especially impressed with the company’s “Circle of Care” philosophy. This unique concept encompasses every member of the Lightbridge Family — children, community, staff, and parents, with the child at the heart of the circle.
The school is committed to the local community and its Lightbridge Foundation provides scholarships and supports families in need and other area causes. All of the Lightbridge staff are highly trained and hold CDA or Bachelor’s degrees and are qualified in CPR and first aid.
Lightbridge Academy’s ground-breaking ParentView Internet Monitoring System gives parents a live stream of their child in the classroom, available at any time of day. The brand also provides an eCommunication app that allows teachers to communicate with parents throughout the day by sharing pictures and videos and logging children’s milestones into an online portfolio. At the school, an interactive light board spurs creativity and older kids can use iPads.
That same technical sophistication, qualified staff and creative learning opportunities will be available during summer camp. Says Jessica McKenna, “We bring to our summer camp program, the same innovation, quality early education and commitment to providing a safe and happy environment where kids will have fun and parents will have the peace of mind they need to go to work every day.”
Lightbridge Academy, 10 Schalks Crossing Road Plainsboro. 609-269-8347. www.lightbridgeacademy.com.