The new child care center, which is expected to have its grand opening this summer, will be operated by Lightbridge Academy. The company currently has over 100 child care centers either open, under construction or in development throughout the Northeast. The Elmsford location is its first childcare center in Westchester County.
“We are very pleased that Lightbridge Academy has chosen to open its first Westchester child care center at The Elm. With its easy and convenient access to the Saw Mill River Parkway, and close proximity to numerous major employers in the area, The Elm is an ideal location for Lightbridge Academy’s new center,” said Tim Jones, CEO of Robert Martin Company.
“There is a growing demand for child care facilities in Westchester County. Not only is this new child care center a great addition to our project but it’s also an important and much-needed addition to the community,” said Greg Berger, President of Robert Martin Company.
According to the Child Care Council of Westchester, studies show that nationally 45% of parents miss at least 2 days of work a year due to child care breakdowns, and 65% of parents’ work schedules are affected by child care challenges. The annual cost to employers nationwide of unstable child care is estimated to be $3 billion.
“Lightbridge is the one-stop solution for working families. With an emphasis on our core values, advanced curriculum and state-of-the-art technology like live cameras throughout the center for parents to view anytime and biometric entry doors, we offer the highest level of care, development, safety and security,” said Ram Jagadeesan, who along with his wife, JoAnne McKay Jagadeesan, are the first franchisees to open in the Westchester market. “We chose The Elm due to its amazing visibility and easy access to both the Saw Mill Parkway and 287. Also, having 100+ residents literally above us made it very easy to choose this location. We look forward to serving Elmsford and the neighboring communities,” he added. He noted that Lightbridge Academy is offering a special discount to Robert Martin employees, tenants of The Elm as well as residents of any future developments of Robert Martin.
“The Village of Elmsford would like to thank Robert Martin Company for believing in Elmsford in making a substantial investment in building The Elm. We are excited that Lightbridge Academy has chosen The Elm in Elmsford to call home, as they open their first Child Care Center in Westchester County. Having Lightbridge Academy open in The Elm will fill the void for child care in Elmsford and neighboring communities. Child Care is in big demand and this will greatly help families that had to travel far from home for child care and will assist families looking to start child care. We welcome Lightbridge Academy to the Village and wish them much success,” said Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams.
Established in 1997, Lightbridge Academy provides early education and child care to children ages six weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp. In 2019 and 2020, Lightbridge Academy was ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500.