Light­bridge Academy of­fers par­ents in­no­va­tive child care

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in ed­u­ca­tion, will open Light­bridge Academy this month. The new child care cen­ter is based on a holis­tic ap­proach to child de­vel­op­ment with a pro­gram con­sist­ing of a com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tion, core val­ues and a unique “Cir­cle of Care.” Cur­rently ac­cept­ing reg­is­tra­tions for in­fant, tod­dler and preschool pro­grams, Light­bridge Academy is lo­cated at 1363 Naa­mans Creek Road, across the street from Booths Cor­ner.

Sev­eral fea­tures of the new Light­bridge Academy set it apart from other child care fa­cil­i­ties, the Min­ne­bos ex­plained in a re­cent in­ter­view. The phi­los­o­phy of Light­bridge Academy is based on the “Cir­cle of Care.” With the child in the cen­ter of the cir­cle, the trusted cir­cle of care sur­round­ing the child con­sists of the par­ents, teach­ers and staff, the own­ers and the com­mu­nity. Treat­ing all those in the cir­cle of care with equal im­por­tance and re­spect cre­ates a nur­tur­ing, car­ing en­vi­ron­ment, which trans­lates into a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for each and ev­ery child. The model of­fers sup­port, not only to the child, but also to fam­i­lies and staff.

“The Cir­cle of Care is the cen­ter of the Light­bridge Academy busi­ness model,” ex­plained John. “We make it our mis­sion to care for ev­ery child and ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber that walks through our doors. Ev­ery per­son in­volved with the child is equally val­ued by us be­cause he is equally im­por­tant in the child’s care and de­vel­op­ment.”

The own­ers stressed that Light­bridge is a high-qual­ity early child­hood ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram and not a babysit­ting ser­vice. They ex­plained that there are many dif­fer­ences be­tween day care cen­ters and ed­u­ca­tional child care such as theirs.

“Our ed­u­ca­tional cen­ters child

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PEG DEGRASSA — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Teacher Mariah Brooks reads stories and sings with chil­dren at Light­bridge Academy.

PEG DEGRASSA — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Light­bridge Academy owner Beatrice Min­nebo holds up her mo­bile phone to demon­strate how par­ents can watch their chil­dren as they par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day at the child care cen­ter.

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