Lightbridge Academy, an early childhood education center, is now offering summer camp for children ages up to 10. A Summer Camp Open House will be held at the center on Saturday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where attendees can tour the facility and find out more about program options.

Conveniently located in the Plainsboro Plaza Shopping Center near Planet Fitness, Lightbridge Academy’s facility has nine classrooms and an indoor gym, in addition to a 5,500-square-foot outdoor playground separated by age group with built in water play fountains and play units. The facility can accommodate up to 165 children, with full-time programs for children ages six weeks through pre-Kindergarten, as well as an afternoon program for ages up to 12.

Lightbridge Academy has been a family business for 18 years, operating since 1997 and began franchising in 2011. Ketul and Krupa Parikh, the owners of the Plainsboro location, were drawn to the company’s approach to early childhood education: a combination of the fundamental curriculum-based teaching enriched by the use of technology. In addition is the unique Circle of Care philosophy, where the needs of the children, parents, staff, owners and community all come together to create the highest quality of care and education for children.

Following those principles, Lightbridge Academy’s summer camp is the perfect “first camp” experience. The extended-day summer theme camps feature a new adventure every week, from Under the Sea to Let’s Play Sports mixed in with a healthy dose of old-fashioned summer fun — building sand castles and splashing in built-in water play fountains. With the indoor gym, even rainy days don’t keep the fun away. Weekly and Full Summer Program prices are available.

With interactive whiteboards, iPad technology and STEM based activities, children keep their skills sharpened with engaging learning throughout the summer. We might be spinning through tornadoes, sliding through ice and snow and creating thunder with wild weather through science experiments, music and arts & crafts.

“What sets us apart is the technology we have incorporated into our day,” explains Lightbridge Academy Center Director Ruth Huth. “We have a program called ParentView with cameras in the classrooms that capture live streaming video in real time of the children and teachers interacting.” The center administration can mentor and support staff at the same time that parents can watch through a secure internet website. “Parents enjoy staying connected to their children’s day and also the opportunity to see their child’s classroom in real time.”

Parents can breathe easy knowing that children are in a secure environment with experienced CPR and First-Aid certified staff. The center includes a high level of security, which begins at the front door with a biometric finger scanning system and includes video monitoring as well as other features. “We are on the cutting edge for early childhood education facilities,” comments Huth. Working parents also enjoy the extended day program, optional meal program and flexible summer camp schedule with back-up care available.

Lightbridge Academy, 10 Schalks Crossing Road, Suite 100A, Plainsboro, New Jersey 609-269-8347. Fax: 609-964-1837. Email: plainsboro@lightbridgeacademy.com. www.lightbridgeacademy.com

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