Pender, NE (March 27, 2023) – Pender Community Hospital District and Little Sprouts Child Development Center, in partnership with Pender Public Schools, have been approved for a childcare license for Little Pendragon Summer Program, a school-age childcare center to be operated at Pender Public Schools during the summer.

Little Pendragon Summer Program will provide care for children entering Kindergarten in the fall up to age 12 from any school district. Staff from Little Sprouts Child Development Center and Pender Public Schools will lead the program and provide care for enrolled children. Little Pendragon Summer Program will be open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The program will provide engaging summer programing, including regular visits to the swimming pool, various camps, field trips, educational outings and other activities. The program also hopes to partner with area business to encourage community engagement and philanthropy.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Pender Public Schools to offer a summer program for school-age kids,” said Laura Gamble, Pender Community Hospital District CEO. “This partnership will ensure kids have a safe place to go during the summer and provide them with wonderful social and educational opportunities.”

Pre-enrollment is now open, and applications are being accepted. As a licensed program within the state of Nebraska, the program will accept childcare subsidy. For more information on childcare subsidy visit https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Child-Care-Parents.aspx.

For a pre-enrollment packet, contact Little Sprouts Child Development Center at 402-385-6248 or via email at littlesprouts@pchne.org.

About Pender Community Hospital District

Pender Community Hospital (PCH) has been providing quality healthcare in northeast Nebraska since 1913. The 21-bed critical access hospital (CAH) was recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health as a Top-100 CAH for three consecutive years, from 2019-2021. PCH comprises not only the hospital but also several clinics and apothecaries, as well as Prairie Breeze Assisted Living and Little Sprouts Child Development Center. For more information, visit pchne.org.