A childcare center like you’ve never seen before opens in West Chester

The largest private youth learning center in Butler County history will start enrollment this weekend before opening April 10.

The sprawling Children's Learning Adventure center is a mix between a daycare center, vacation resort and amusement park with a bevy of kid-friendly entertainment and education that rival anything seen in Southwest Ohio.

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Located at 8110 Market Place Drive just off Ohio 747 north of the Smith Road intersection, the 33,000-square-foot mega child care and educational youth center boasts brightly lit, vibrantly colored interiors and interactive environments. Exploration is encouraged via not only books, toys and puzzles, but also tablets and 55-inch touchscreen smartboards with more than 1,100 teacher-driven activities for one-on-one and small-group learning.

Enrollment, which starts at six months old, stretches to 12 years old and programs include infant care, toddler care, preschool/pre-K, kindergarten, after school and summer camp.

“Our entire mission is to raise the IQ of every student for future success,” said Melody Prince, senior enrollment training specialist. “Not only their academic success, but their social development as well.”

The learning center does that via a curriculum based on “STEAM” learning — science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — incorporated through multiple colorful learning environments and apply that knowledge via different in-class techniques.

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Each student has an academic homeroom, but gets to spend time in specialty enrichment classrooms involving math and science labs, a TV studio, art studio and a “Reading Reef” library anchored by a massive, colorful fish tank. There’s even a miniature city enmeshed in “Imagination Island” that encourages peer interaction and community involvement.

“It really does allow them to learn in multiple learning environments,” Prince said. “Our students are not in one class for the entire eight to 10 hours of their day, but they get to venture into all of these unique specialty classrooms.”

There’s also The Studio, an all-encompassing fun-and-games campus with a child-sized bowling alley, indoor basketball court, student theater, ballet studio, a tutoring facility and homework study areas. An outdoor garden center allows children to grow their own vegetables and herbs to use in a culinary class that takes place in a professional grade cooking classroom.

Besides a “phenomenal” campus and curriculum, Children’s Learning Adventure also offers “the most comprehensive teacher training in the industry,” Prince said.

“We really have managers that do nothing but train and mentor and support our teachers on an ongoing basis,” she said.

There’s also programs for children from six weeks old to 12 years old, including toddler, pre-school and school-aged programs, plus summer camp and after-school extra-curricular activities.

That includes martial arts, classical dance and modern dance, including tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Also offered on Saturdays will be additional classes in culinary arts, dance and martial arts programs.

The center is surrounded by 35,000 square feet of outdoor play equipment featuring rubberized surfaces, artificial turf, a mini tennis and a massive under-canopy playground. Coaches will employ various agility tests centered around basketball, tennis and kickball, Prince said.

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Children’s Learning Adventure’s new West Chester location marks its first foray into Ohio. Locations in Warren County’s Deerfield Twp. and the Columbus area will be the next to open later this year, she said.

Scheduling for the center’s various programs is flexible, Prince said, and while pricing isn’t advertised on the center’s marketing material, it will remain competitive with other area facilities.

For more information on Children's Learning Adventure, visit www.childrenslearningadventure.com or call 513-893-7067.

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