Lil’ Ein­stein day­care opens in Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Lil’ Ein­stein‘ s Learn­ing Academy opened its doors at 2470 Singerly Road (Route 213) across from Cherry Hill Mid­dle School on Mon­day, Oct. 3.

Lil’ Ein­stein’s, which op­er­ates two other lo­ca­tions in Bear and Ne­wark, Del., re­placed the pre­vi­ous day­care provider at the Singerly Road lo­ca­tion, known as The Fu­ture Gen­er­a­tions, which closed its doors Fri­day, Sept. 30.

Lori Gephart, of Townsend, Del., is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the com­pany’s three sites, while Christina Jack­son is the di­rec­tor at the new cen­ter in Elk­ton.

“We’re very ex­cited to be in Elk­ton,” Gephart said Mon­day.

The Lil’ Ein­stein’s team made a lot of cos­metic changes prior to open­ing by work­ing all week­end paint­ing and adding new equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy and toys prior to open­ing the morn­ing of Oct. 3.

“We kept the en­roll­ment and staff from the pre­vi­ous owner, but we also added ad­di­tional staff and en­rolled six new chil­dren dur­ing our first week of oper­a­tion,” Gephart said.

She said the cen­ter has the ca­pac­ity for 132 chil­dren and cur­rently has about 60 en­rolled. They ac­cept chil­dren from ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Hours are 6: 30 a. m. un­til 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

New play­ground equip­ment has been in­stalled on the tod­dler lot and will soon be in­stalled on the older chil­dren’s play­ground.

“We use a cre­ative cur­ricu­lum that is backed by the Univer­sity of Delaware,” Gephart said.

An­other new fea­ture at the cen­ter will be the ad­di­tion of smart boards, se­cu­rity, iPads and we­b­cams to as­sist with class­room learn­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with par­ents.

The Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce has sched­uled a rib­bon cut­ting at Ein­stein’s at 9 a. m. Thurs­day, Oct. 27, and the own­ers tell me they are plan­ning an open house for Sun­day, Oct. 30. Watch for it.

*** The Maryland Rac­ing Com­mis­sion ap­proved a re­quest last week from the Maryland Jockey Club to op­er­ate an off- track bet­ting par­lor, also known as satel­lite simul­cast bet­ting, in an ex­ist­ing poker area of the Hol­ly­wood Casino at Perr yville.

Deborah Pro-Mar­shall, di­rec­tor of OTB op­er­a­tions for the jockey club, said the fa­cil­ity is tar­geted to open Oct. 22 for the Maryland Mil­lion race.

The new oper­a­tion is a part­ner­ship be­tween the jockey club, Hol­ly­wood Casino and horse­men and breed­ers, she said. It’s also part of the Maryland Jockey Club’s big­ger plan to res­ur­rect off- track bet­ting in Maryland and bring more fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity to horse rac­ing through sim­i­lar part­ner­ships. County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore and the county coun­cil sup­ported this part­ner­ship at Hol­ly­wood Casino.

*** I’m happy to re­port that one of our re­cent Mat­tix on Mat­ters fea­tures has opened.

Sta­tion 26 Ale House opened Oct. 7 on Main Street down­town North East after months of in­spec­tions and ob­tain­ing the proper per­mits for oc­cu­pancy.

The restau­rant, owned by Keven McDe­vitt, is lo­cated in a build­ing that was home to the North East Fire Co. at one time — thus the name, dé­cor and menu theme for the new eatery. It was most re­cently op­er­ated as a laun­dro­mat be­fore McDe­vitt gut­ted it to trans­form it into a new restau­rant that re­places his for­mer eatery, The Pick­led Her­ring Pub. McDe­vitt has named part of Sta­tion 26 as the Pick­led Her­ring Lounge.

He opened with a lim­ited menu, but will be­gin of­fer­ing a full menu dur­ing the week­end of Hal­loween when he cel­e­brates the grand open­ing. Sta­tion 26 fea­tures seafood, steaks, sand­wiches, live mu­sic and is open daily from 11 a.m. un­til 2 a.m.

*** If you missed last week­end’s Elk Creek Preser­va­tion’s an­nual ap­ple but­ter fes­ti­val, don’t fret. The folks from the Ce­cil County Farm Mu­seum will be cook­ing up batches of home­made ap­ple but­ter to buy on Satur­day on the grounds of the Fair Hill Race­track from 10 a.m. un­til 4 p.m.

I’m told there will be live blue­grass mu­sic, fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, and of course, ap­ple but­ter to pur­chase. It’s $6 a pint.

The pro­ceeds go to help the Farm Mu­seum.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mat­tix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com, or call her at 443-907-8440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

Lil’ Ein­stein’s Learn­ing Academy opened near Cherry Hill last week.

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