TowerLight Childcare opens in St. Louis Park
TowerLight on Wooddale Senior Living, the newest multi-level senior living option in the southwest metro area, just added some of its youngest members to its growing community. Located in the same St. Louis Park facility, TowerLight Childcare has opened, providing a 65,000-square-foot intergenerational day care experience.
TowerLight Childcare’s whole-child approach readily complements TowerLight Senior Living, bringing young and old together in a stimulating environment.
"There is an abundance of sociological research demonstrating the tremendous value and mutual benefits for seniors and young children sharing the same space and activities," says Annie Westall, MA, housing manager for Ebenezer Management Services. "At TowerLight Childcare, we will see the rewards of enhancing the skills, learning, emotional stability and socialization of both our seniors and our youngest TowerLight members. Plus, these poignant relationships also will help to strengthen the ties to the broader community."
TowerLight Childcare (www.TowerLightChild.com) will feature a large outdoor playground area, and arts/crafts and activity rooms for TowerLight's intergenerational residents. Activities include story time, outdoor playtime, and arts/crafts, games and parties.
"As children and seniors share memories, play games and create together, an unmistakable bond forms that transcends generations," said Westall. “Children learn to think beyond their small worlds. Seniors feel a new sense of purpose. For kids who don't live near their own grandparents, this connection can be especially meaningful.”
The day care and daily intergenerational programming will be managed by Ebenezer Management Services, a part of Fairview Health Services and a partner with Greco Real Estate Development on the TowerLight project.
"Intergenerational models provide many positive benefits for young kids and seniors, including physical and emotional health," said Arnie Gregory, principal at Graco Real Estate Development. "We are pleased to offer an inspiring environment where both the young of age and the aging in place can support each other and enhance each other's quality of life."
About TowerLight Childcare
TowerLight Childcare offers year-round care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and promotes kindergarten readiness through hands-on learning activities focused on language, science, math, art and music. From its unique intergenerational program to a commitment of daily nutrition and active play, TowerLight's whole-child approach is designed to engage kids on their level and expand their understanding of the world—all while having fun and making new friends.
About TowerLight on Wooddale Senior Living
The multi-level senior living complex includes 32 memory care units, six care suites with service-intensive offerings and 75 independent living units, with optional home services for those who need to add additional care services over time without having to relocate to another facility.