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Appletree Learning Center — A Success Story

Since Taylor Kashner was 5 years old, she has dreamed of starting her own learning center for children. In October, 2022, that dream became a reality when Taylor and her parents, Jeff and Maxine, opened Appletree Learning Center. The 15,500 square-foot, two-story building is newly renovated and features an activity room, gym, and kitchen. Appletree will function like a daycare but with an emphasis on education and preparation for
elementary school.

The Kashners have faced many challenges on their road to success since they began their journey in June 2021. The Bucknell Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was able to assist Appletree in becoming a licensed learning Center. In addition, the SBDC has been helping them develop a website and provide them with industry research to help with financial planning.

The SBDC gave me the confidence that I needed to begin researching the ins and outs of opening up a smallbusiness.
Taylor Kashner

Today, the facility already has over 30 children enrolled and has a maximum capacity of 146 children ranging from infants to five years. Apple Tree Learning Center is open from 6am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and provides both before and after-school care. Taylor is very excited about the early success of her business and she is thrilled that Appletree has been able to create a stronger sense of community in the Shamokin-Coal Township region.

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