SOMERSET, NJ - A new childcare center, Lightbridge Academy, is on its way to Franklin Township and hopes to be the solution for working parents in the area.
With the steel skeleton of the future center already built, the groundbreaking on Wednesday gave owners and employees a chance to look to the future of the site.
Guy Falzarano, who founded Lightbridge Academy with his wife Julia in 1997 and serves as its CEO, said the center would offer daycare for infants up through preschool, as well as after-school programs and for children up to 10 years old.
“We want to help parents through their journey,” said Falzarano. “Parents come home from work and make dinner and by the time they sit down to do homework, it can get pretty late. So if we can get that done then that’s where we want to be.”
The organization prides itself on being on the cutting edge of technology and uses iPads and other internet-based services to connect parents to their children throughout the day.
The center, like all Lightbridge Academy centers, will use an e-communication system that enables teachers to send pictures and videos of children achieving personal milestones to parents.
There’s also a system where parents can access the center’s cameras over the internet to check in on their child while at the center.
“It’s a great way for parents to stay connected and that’s what we’re all about,” Falzarano said.
Having the academy come to Franklin Township was an easy project to get behind for Mike Kerwin, president of the Somerset County Business Partnership.
“Somerset County is known as being a very highly educated community,” he said. “I really like how they’re using technology to improve the care that they’re giving young kids. It’s exactly the kind of cutting edge investments and companies we want to attract to Somerset County and Franklin Township.”
Co-owners of the new center Premal Dhebariya and Bhautik Patel saw a need in the township for a new childcare facility after struggling to find one for their own children.
“The daycare model is changing,” said Dhebariya. “Parents want a safe, secure center as well as mental and academic growth for their children. This center provides both of those.”
Lightbridge Academy has been opening franchise locations since 2011 and currently has more than 100 centers either operational, under construction or in development.
Patel, who lives a short walk away from the center, already operates one location in Sayreville and plans to build on what he’s learned there to offer high-quality childcare to his neighbors.
The location sits at the corner of Randolph and School House roads and should be completed by the end of the year, Vice President of Franchise Development David Falzarano said.
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