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U-Gro spending $6 million for center addition in Derry Township

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U-Gro Learning Centres is building a two-story addition to its Derry Township facility. The $6 million expansion project is expected to be complete by next summer.
U-Gro Learning Centres is building a two-story addition to its Derry Township facility. The $6 million expansion project is expected to be complete by next summer. - (Photo / )

U-Gro Learning Centres Inc., a Dauphin County-based early-childhood daycare and preschool services provider, is expanding its facility off Route 322 in Derry Township.

The company is spending $6 million to tack on a two-story addition at its 16,000-square-foot facility at 1223 Research Blvd. The new 31,000-square-foot building, which is slated for a summer 2018 completion, will house eight preschool classrooms, a training center for teachers and space for U-Gro's support staff operations.

Support staff will be relocating from a facility in Harrisburg. The expansion is expected to add more than 25 new jobs.

"We've developed a pre-K model that works. U-Gro children achieve superior outcomes. Our kindergarten-readiness scores are consistently above 95 percent, meaning children have a better chance of succeeding in kindergarten and school, in general," said Greg Holsinger, president and CEO. "We think we can empower more families and want to positively impact more children for success in Central Pennsylvania."

Berks County-based Kautter & Kelley Architects designed the facility. Holland Construction, based in York County, is overseeing the construction.

U-Gro operates a network of 12 centers in the midstate, with locations in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Those facilities serve more than 1,500 children daily.

In April, the company broke ground on its fifth facility in Lancaster County.

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