Learning Care Group News: March 22, 2011

Childtime, Tutor Time and La Petite Academy Locations Collect Over 500 Pounds of Food for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

Chicago, IL, March 22, 2011 – Childtime, Tutor Time and La Petite Academy — part of the Learning Care Group family of brands — are pleased to announce that its 30 Chicago-area schools collected 522 pounds of food during the Cook County Farm Bureau Food Check-Out Week benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI). Through their efforts, a record breaking amount of food was donated during the event.

Families, students and teachers of the early education providers worked hard to collect food and delivered it in a jam-packed school bus to the Ronald McDonald House® near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.

“Words cannot express how much we appreciate the efforts of our families to collect this amazing amount of food,” said Lisa Miskimins, division vice president for Learning Care Group. “They were truly instrumental in helping fill the Houses with food so that families have one less thing to worry about as their child receives important medical care.”

All of the food gathered during Cook County Farm Bureau Food-Check Out Week was divided among the four Ronald McDonald Houses® in the Chicagoland area.

About Learning Care Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Novi, MI, Learning Care Group, Inc. provides early education and care services to children between the ages of six weeks and 12 years under its umbrella of brands: The Children’s Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time Child Care / Learning Centers.

Between these five brands, Learning Care Group has more than 1,000 schools (corporate and franchise) with a system-wide capacity to serve close to 156,000 children in the U.S. and internationally.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is to improve the health, well-being and education of children through our core programs. Our four Houses provide a “home away from home” to keep families together.  The Houses allow families to eat, sleep and find the emotional support they need — just blocks from where their child is being treated.  To continue our mission of serving families in crisis, RMHC-CNI is building a new Ronald McDonald House – the largest in the world — right here in Chicago.  Due to open in 2012 at 211 East Grand in Streeterville, this House will support the needs of families with children at the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Prentice Women’s Hospital & the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  With 14-stories of care and comfort, the House will include 86 guest rooms, a rooftop healing deck and a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals and supportive conversation. For more information visit: www.RonaldHouseChicago.com.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, RMHC, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile are all registered trademarks of McDonald’s or its affiliates and are used with permission.

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