CREDC Funds Learning at Startup Day Care Center in Harrisburg

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC is pleased to share the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority yesterday approved a $346,000 PIDA loan secured by CREDC for Inspired Learning Academy, LLC. The start-up child day care center in Harrisburg will use the funds to purchase real estate, renovate the building, purchase furniture, fixtures and operational equipment. When complete, the day care plans to have space for up to 74 children.

“We see a constant need for child care facilities, and we take it upon ourselves to secure funding for organizations like Inspired Learning Academy that are fulfilling that need,” explains Melissa Stone, VP of Economic Development at the Chamber & CREDC. “We’re proud to help make projects like this possible and finance those investing in our future.”

Inspired Learning Academy, LLC will offer high quality day-time child care and educational opportunities. With an early learning center open weekdays from 6:30am to 6:00pm, the center will provide full-day programs year-round for children ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten. For children attending elementary school, Inspired Learning Academy will provide before and after school care, as well as full-day service through the summer and when school is not in session.

“CREDC was instrumental in walking us through the loan application process, by not only ensuring that we submitted a thorough package but by also by receiving the best possible loan terms and conditions for us and our business,” stated April Stare, co-owner and future director of Inspired Learning Academy. “Securing this loan is truly life changing for us. It has given us the opportunity to realize a dream, with the hope of making a lasting difference to children, their families, and the community.”

The day care hopes to open in late September 2019.

Loan Details

Total Loan Amount: $346,000
Rate: Fixed 2.5% for 7-years
Partner Bank: Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Jobs Creation: 7 full time jobs
Location: 1450 Parkway West, Harrisburg, Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County, PA


Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties through bold leadership, visionary members and powerful results. The organization provides a unique blend of business, community/economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost the economic vitality and livability across our region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce—a distinction achieved by only 2 percent of chambers across the nation.