By Mark Ambrogi
Children’s Learning Adventure features a preschool approach that is similar to an older child’s school schedule.
“Our kids enroll into a homeroom setting, and from there, they experience seven different specialty learning environments, including a math and science lab, art studio, television studio, library, garden center, a miniature city, and perhaps the most exciting classroom, a professional grade cooking classroom,” said Daniel Petersen, CLA Childcare Centers vice president of development for the Arizona-based company. “Each of these environments is utilized to reinforce curriculum concepts initiated in the homeroom setting.”
CLA will open its second childcare center in the Midwest in Carmel. The first center opened near Minneapolis in June.
The grand opening is to begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 8 at the school, 760 E. 116th St., Carmel. Petersen recommends interested parents come early because the school often reaches enrollment capacity at openings.
“There will be a lot of energy and excitement as parents and children are able to experience our school for the first time, which includes meeting with our educational specialists on an individual basis to discuss the best fit for each parent and child,” Petersen said. “At many of our openings, we have parents camp out Black Friday-style to ensure they can get their kids enrolled.”
Petersen said he expects the center will have approximately 100 employees, both full and part time.
Petersen said classes are scheduled to begin Oct. 31.
“A lot of training is going on in our facility during the interim period,” Petersen said. “We hire only experienced lead teachers for our schools, and all of our teachers are required to undergo a minimum of 60 hours of training on our curriculum and procedures before being able to teach in our classrooms.”
CLA’s second Indiana location will be in Fishers (13372 Bent Grass Lane), which is tentatively scheduled to open in late spring in time for summer camp registration.
“When we go to new markets, we study the cities and surrounding areas closely to locate within family-oriented communities in which education is paramount in the lives of parents,” Petersen said.
To register for the CLA grand opening in Carmel, call 317-468-9168.
For more, visit ChildrensLearningAdventure.com.