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Ground Breaking Ceremony Marks Start of New Early Learning Center in Chambersburg

A new Early Learning Center is set to open in Chambersburg in August 2023, thanks to First Start Partnerships for Children and Families. On April 13th, the organization broke ground on the new facility at the former Lincoln Lanes Building, located at 2071 Lincoln Way East.

The new Early Learning Center will be operated in partnership with Brandale LLC and will feature six high-quality early learning classrooms, capable of accommodating up to 120 children. Additionally, the facility will have a large indoor play area, offices, a secure reception area, and staff space.

The Early Learning Center is a much-needed resource in the Chambersburg community, and First Start plans to have the facility open in time for the start of the upcoming school year in August. Annette Searfoss and the entire team at First Start are committed to providing high-quality early childhood education and care for families in the area.

A rendering of the new facility can be seen below, giving a glimpse into what the finished Early Learning Center will look like. The project represents an exciting development for families in the Chambersburg area and will provide a valuable resource for years to come.


Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

Brenda Jackson Liu 1945-2024

Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

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