Recently, a new state of the art child care facility opened its doors in Covington Township.

If you peek into Little Acres Learning Academy (LALA), located at 989 Drinker Turnpike, you will witness oodles of smiling faces, and happy and energetic children having loads of fun while learning and forming many friendships!

The owners of Little Acres, Leigh and Justin Abromavage, purchased and completely renovated the old Gethsemane Baptist Church building just a few short months ago.

They have been diligently working to make sure the 5,000-square foot building was safe, clean, and up-to-date with the latest technology and environmentally friendly equipment throughout their six classrooms.

The strategically planned design of the facility ensures children are given the greatest opportunity to learn and succeed.

This Covington location also gave Leigh and Justin the opportunity to purchase the site that includes a home for their family of five on the premises.

While the renovated facility is a nice addition to Covington Township, Leigh and Justin are not first-time business owners in the area.

Little Acres relocated from Church Street in Moscow, where the Abromavage’s owned and operated the business since 2011.

Leigh certainly has the knowledge and skills necessary to manage a large facility.

She possesses four degrees: An Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Society, a Master’s in Professional Studies and a second Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Leadership.

Her husband and business partner, Justin, is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a degree in Criminal Justice.

He is also an army veteran who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to purchasing Little Acres Facility in 2011, Leigh worked at Hildebrandt Learning Center (where I first met her when I was a young preschool student many years ago) and as a Group Director of Little Acres in Moscow since 2008.

The LALA staff of 23 is always busy and smiling!

With 87 students ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old currently enrolled in the learning center, the instructors must have a lot of energy!

The center offers child care, preschool and pre-K classes, before and after school care and summer camps throughout the year.

Extra-curricular activities such as art, dance and karate are also offered at the facility.

The center adheres to PA Early Learning Standards, utilizing the Mother Goose Time Curriculum and developmentally appropriate standards and practices.

Little Acres Learning Academy is also very present and active in the North Pocono Community.

The center recently hosted a community benefit to raise money for the SIDS foundation, held craft and vendor fairs for local residents, and participated in Moscow’s National Night Out throughout the last few years.

This year, the facility offered a family style spring picnic, graduation and sing-a-long at Van Fleets Grove.

Although there is currently a waiting list for new enrollments, any parent or guardian who is interested in learning more about Little Acres Learning Academy programs or camps, can contact Leigh at 570-905-5367 or 570-842-4192.

There is a website www.littleacreskids.com with more information as well.

I wish Leigh, Justin and the entire Little Acres Learning Academy staff the best of luck (and patience) in their new facility.

What a great addition to the North Pocono community!

Hope to see you around the Korner!