Novi, MI, March 16, 2011 – Learning Care Group, Inc., the second largest early education and child care provider in North America, is pleased to announce that its family of schools has raised more than $600,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This amount will help grant the wishes of more than 80 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year, the Foundation granted 13,580 wishes, the highest annual total in its history.
Schools in the Learning Care Group brand portfolio — including Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time Child Care / Learning Centers, La Petite Academy and Montessori Unlimited — held Fall Festival events in November to raise money for the cause. Each festival was unique and designed to engage the children and families at each school location.
“We are honored and proud to serve as a Cause Champion of the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2003,” said Barbara Beck, CEO of Learning Care Group. “The charitable support from our teachers, parents and children for this annual fundraising event is amazing and truly shows the generous spirit of our school communities.”
Since the company’s relationship began with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2003, it has donated more than $7 million to the organization through its Fall Festival and other fundraising events.
“Every year, we are grateful for the continued efforts of Learning Care Group to support children’s wishes across the country,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “The Fall Festival events not only help us grant wishes but they also strengthen their own communities by encouraging a deeper commitment to philanthropy and volunteering.”
About Learning Care Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Novi, Mich., Learning Care Group, Inc. provides early education and care services to children ages six weeks to 13 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. Learning Care Group operates approximately 1,050 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a system-wide capacity to serve 156,000 children.
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.