LANCASTER - Denise Alexander said her new learning center is the result of how she would like her own children to be cared for if she weren't around.
The Learning Tree for Children is a 7,000-square-foot facility at 258 Lexington St. Alexander said the center has a few added benefits that not many child-care facilities in the area offer.
"We are a learning center, we are not a day care," she said.
The center is curriculum based with seven classrooms that divide children up into appropriate age groups. It has a monthly theme that helps keep consistency and structure for the kids, which carries over into the curriculum. The facility also has letters, a shape and a color of the month. This month's theme is camping. Next month's will be farm animals.
"(The kids) know what to expect and the parents know what to expect," Alexander said.
She views her facility as a form of pre-school. She already has a few students who are bussed from their regular pre-school classes in the morning to her facility in the afternoons. She would love to see more pre-school students enroll in her facility as to provide a stable base rather than being relocated in the middle of the day.