TAMPA — Three weeks after the Primrose School of South Tampa welcomed its first students, the preschool and day care is hosting a grand opening celebration for parents and the public.
“It’s a way for us to say ‘thank you’ to the community for opening its doors and allowing us to come in,” said Jana Radtke, the school’s co-owner.
The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school at 1700 W. Kennedy Blvd. It will include music, prizes, face painting, arts and crafts, and a strolling magician, Radtke said. Radio Disney Junior also will be there.
The preschool officially opened Aug. 19. It is the sixth Primrose school in the Tampa area and the third for Radtke and her husband, Richard, who also run franchises in New Tampa.
The Georgia-based chain of private preschools touts a “balanced learning” curriculum that targets academic and social skills through lessons tailored for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The preschool also offers an after-school program for children up to age 10.
Radtke said the Primrose School of South Tampa is at about 95 percent capacity in its first year. Administrators aimed to enroll about 275 students this year and hope to grow to between 300 and 325 students next year.
— Elizabeth Behrman