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US: Learning Care Group acquires AppleTree & Gilden Woods

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Learning Care Group
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Novi, Michigan-based early childhood education company Learning Care Group has acquired AppleTree & Gilden Woods, 24 pre-schools in the Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Detroit area, and one preschool for in Apex, North Carolina. AppleTree & Gilden Woods has places for children aged from six weeks to 10 years old.

Learning Care Group is the second-largest for-profit early education and childcare provider in North America.

AppleTree & Gilden Woods joins Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited, Pathways Learning Academy, Tutor Time, U-GRO Learning Centres and Young School in the Learning Care Group portfolio, which now includes more than 1,050 school locations.

Mark Bierley, chief executive at Learning Care Group, said: “With its emphasis on supporting school readiness through high-quality care in a safe, nurturing learning environment, AppleTree & Gilden Woods is a welcome addition to our Learning Care Group family. As AppleTree & Gilden Woods joins our portfolio of brands, we look forward to continuing to inspire young learners at these locations for many years to come.” 

AppleTree & Gilden Woods’ founder and chief executive Bridgett VanDerhoff added: “It’s been a privilege to have cared for and instilled a love of learning in more than 20,000 children during the past quarter century. I’m confident that under Learning Care Group’s leadership, these schools will continue to provide families with the highest-quality early education and care, sparking children’s curiosity while helping prepare them for a bright future.”   

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