Enrollment in Evesham Child Care’s Teddy Bear Academy continues at brisk pace

Enrollment in Evesham Child Care’s Teddy Bear Academy continues at a brisk pace as the district gears up for a June 30 opening.

More than half of the available 90 spots at Teddy Bear Academy have been filled since last month’s open house, underlining the need and interest in the community’s newest childcare program. Evesham Child Care developed the program for children aged six weeks to pre-kindergarten in response to the expressed needs of working families.

“We are so excited by the early response to Teddy Bear Academy,” said Evesham Child Care Coordinator Leah Perlmutter. “Our program will provide an atmosphere that encourages children to explore and be creative, while being safe and secure throughout the day. We’ve been providing quality before and after school care for school-aged children enrolled in the district for more than 23 years, and are thrilled to expand our program to include infants, toddlers and preschoolers.”

Teddy Bear Academy is housed in the back section of Marlton Middle School at 150 Tomlinson Mill Road. In this welcoming and secure set­ting, there are seven large classrooms, an indoor play area, a fenced outdoor play area, a nurse’s office, bath­rooms and a separate entrance ex­clusive to the Evesham Child Care’s Teddy Bear Academy families.

Teddy Bear Academy is open to all children aged six weeks to pre-kindergarten, and is available year-round with varied full-day options to fit most families’ schedules. The hours of operation are from 6:45 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Families can choose to enroll children from two to five days a week.

A half-day preschool program also is available for 3 and 4-year-olds from 6:45 am -12:15 p.m. (morning session) or 12:30– 6:00 p.m. (afternoon session). Children who attend the district’s preschool program at Rice Elementary School, and are enrolled in Teddy Bear Academy, are provided transportation to or from Rice dependent upon a.m. or p.m enrollment. These families also have a wrap-around care option available to them, if interested. All children in the preschool program must be 3 or 4 on or before October 1st and fully potty-trained to meet program requirements.

Tuition rates range from $303 to $1,100; detailed tuition information is available on the Evesham Township School District website at www.evesham.k12.nj.us. To register or arrange for a tour of Teddy Bear Academy, contact Evesham Child Care at (856) 988–0686. Registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spaces are filled. In addition to contact information and current immunization records, a non-refundable $75 fee also is due at the time of registration.