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North State Journal: Lightbridge Academy Opens its First North Carolina Location

The early education and child care franchise opened a location in Holly Springs, North Carolina in September.

According to a recent article in the North State Journal, New Jersey-based Lightbridge Academy recently expanded its offerings to North Carolina, opening its first center in the suburban town of Holly Springs. 

Franchisee Becky Grovenstein is a mom and former music teacher, and she says she understands the value of providing parents with security in their child care options — especially during a time with several unknowns. 

“If you were to ask our CEO Guy Falzarano what line of business you are in, he’s going to look at you and he’s going to say we’re in the business of trust,” Grovenstein told the Journal. 

The new location boasts plenty of space for children to remain socially distant while learning. Additionally, a hospital-grade air purification system has been installed to keep clean air flowing through the building. Staff members are under mask mandates to keep any contamination contained. 

Lightbridge Academy in Holly Springs is also currently providing supplemental assistance for students through the fifth grade who are enrolled in schools that are practicing e-learning. Certified teachers are onsite to provide assistance with apps and platforms to complete lessons and ensure no student has fallen behind. Because of the supplemental school-age program, the center is at capacity with 105 students enrolled and a waitlist. 

“Additionally, remote learning has led to a high degree of isolation for North Carolina students and the lack of socialization has been especially hard on school-aged children,” Grovenstein said. “A big piece of the support for those enrollees who are virtual academy learners will be socialization. The window of time in between classes is a good opportunity for students to spend time socializing with other students.”

With 100 centers already open or in development across Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, North Carolina is the most recent state to open its first location. Looking ahead, the brand is continuing to grow in North Carolina with a second location planned to open in Apex within the next year.

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