Kiddie Academy of Harrisburg Breaks Ground

At a ceremony today, Kiddie Academy of Harrisburg broke ground on a new educational child care center at Susquehanna Union Green.

Scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2023, Kiddie Academy of Harrisburg will occupy a prominent position by the entrance to the site on Progress Avenue. The facility will consist of over 10,000 square feet of building space along with extensive outdoor play areas.

The developer is Vartan Group, Inc., and the design-build contractor is Mowery Construction.

Kiddie Academy of Harrisburg announced plans to serve 150 children ranging from infants to 5-year-olds.  

“We’re excited to bring Kiddie Academy’s engaging, safe and fun learning environment that focuses on a child’s all-round development and provide high-quality early childhood learning to serve the Susquehanna Township community,” said Deepak Sharma, co-owner. “We are dedicated to creating an environment that feels like an extension of family where we foster trust, friendship and community between our educators, caregivers, parents and children.”

“Susquehanna Township is gaining a major community asset in this new educational child care center,” said H. Ralph Vartan, Chief Executive Officer of the Vartan Group. “It is an honor to partner with Kiddie Academy of Harrisburg and work together to bring this vision to life.”

Dauphin County Commissioner Chair Mike Pries said on behalf of the board, which includes Commissioners Chad Saylor and George P. Hartwick, III: “We commend Vartan Group and everyone involved in the vision and creation of Susquehanna Union Green as a town center offering housing, retail, and other crucial services for the community. With the groundbreaking of Kiddie Academy of Harrisburg, families will soon have a valuable resource to put their children on positive learning paths that accommodate parents’ work schedules.”

Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and currently has 304+ open Academies located in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Since its inception in 1981, Kiddie Academy has been a recognized, national leader in educational child care. The company serves families and their children, offering full-time care, before-and after-school care, and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® philosophy, supporting programs, methods, activities, and techniques help prepare children for life. For more information, visit, or find Kiddie Academy on Facebook at Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care ® is a registered trademark of Essential Brands, Inc.

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