Active Learning Center

The Active Learning Centers (ALC) opened its doors in Emmaus in 2003 with a mission of providing working families with child care programs that combine education, physical and developmental disciplines. ALC offers a unique experience for its students by integrating physical activity into its programs, making Karate and Kung Fu part of its curriculum. Through its daily martial arts practice, ALC promotes physical fitness, self defense skills, safety awareness, self discipline and confidence.

Due to the success of its first location, ALC opened a second center in Breinigsville 2007. Within two years, both locations had reached maximum capacity.

Under the ownership of Paul Miller, Tom Buchas and Dana Eldridge, ALC started planning for the opening of a third location in the Allentown area in April of 2009. At this time, ALC approached the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for guidance on developing a comprehensive business and financial plan for the expansion.

Working with the SBDC Financing Program Director, Kim Edwards, funding alternatives were explored as Miller, Buchas and Eldridge addressed their project costs. As a result of the efforts and services provided by the SBDC, ALC was successful in securing adequate funding through Lafayette Ambassador Bank under the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan guarantee program. ALC obtained a loan that was disbursed under Stimulus provisions reducing 7(a) guarantee fees and providing a higher guarantee level for the bank. On April 24, 2010, ALC held its grand opening ceremony for its Allentown center.

Today, the Allentown location of the Active Learning Center can provide care for up to 150 children between the ages 1 and 13. Additionally, the expansion has created employment opportunities as the staff plans to grow by adding a total of forty (40) new full and part time positions at this location.