BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Primrose School of Berkeley Heights is celebrating a successful first year. Amina and Ace Gunaratne had a vision -- and one year after opening the doors to Primrose School of Berkeley Heights, they feel blessed to have delivered on what they promised and have surpassed their expectations.
"It has been a blessing," said Amina Gunaratne. "We had a vision and now it's a reality. We are thrilled to be here and we are thrilled to be open."
Primrose is an accredited pre-school providing a premiere educational child care experience. The school combines character and academics in a caring environment with teachers that are sincere and heartfelt. Each day, they provide children a fun and enriching environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning.
Put aside the state of the art facility with all of the bells and whistles, Primrose School of Berkeley Heights is delivering on their promise made to the parents.
"We are delivering on the promise we made. To see it executed day in and day out -- I really have to pinch myself," said Gunaratne.
"When we chose Berkeley Heights, we knew this was a community that is very family oriented, very children oriented," she said. "We saw that there was something missing -- a partnership such as ours to allow parents to come and be taken care of."
Gunaratne has met with many families that are new to the area. "In the past year, we have seen a lot of families come to us looking for care for their children. They are in a panic. ----The families have expressed their gratitude for what we offer," said Gunaratne. "This re-emphasizes the original thought that Ace and I had in terms of why this community."
As a business with a philosophy and tradition of giving back to the cities and towns where their schools are located, the Berkeley Heights community is no exception. Primrose School has partnered with the community by sponsoring and participating in the Rubber Ducky Race, the Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Race, and the Berkeley Heights Street Fair..
Primrose families joined in Primrose's giving back to the community by generously donating to the annual Primrose Spring Fling, raising $1,200. The proceeds were donated to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Primrose Foundation [a not-for-profit organization that combines funding from their schools in order to make a greater national impact for children].
"We reinforce the Primrose Promise to give back and teach our children to give back," said Gunaratne. "This year was our first year and our parents donated generously."
Going into their second year, the school is at full capacity. "We have the highest enrollment numbers with 10 out of 11 of our classrooms are sold out," said Gunaratne. "Our kindergarten program, there are 10 families on the wait list. We are a full school going into it."
"We want to figure out how to continue this. We will focus on the teachers, focus on our operational aspects and focus on our curriculum. So long as we do that, we should hopefully continue to be able to sustain this nice buzz we have going," said Gunaratne.
For more information on the Primrose School of Berkeley Heights, visit their website or call (908)286-0900.
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