Little Learner Children’s Academy in Minooka celebrates grand opening

MINOOKA – The Little Learner Children’s Academy family is thrilled to have their dream come true with the opening of their new facility at 496 Prairie View Dr. in Minooka.

“This center has been a long time in the making, and we are so excited to welcome you to our school,” owner Melissa Karanjia said in a press release.

The new full-time preschool and childcare center officially broke ground last September and opened in January. It is currently serving 174 children. The new state-of-the-art building is owned by Zarvan and Melissa Karanjia and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Previously they had a center in Channahon for 12 years.

The Channahon Minooka Chamber/Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry celebrated the new center with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 with Minooka Mayor Ric Offerman.

“Littler Learner’s new facility is truly beautiful. It’s colorful and welcoming, perfect for children of all ages. You can tell by the design that a lot of thought and care was put into the planning of the building, and all with children in mind,” Chamber President & CEO Christina Van Yperen said.

The new center has 12 employees and offers two, three and five-day programs. Programming includes infant, toddler, preschool, pre-k, summer camp from 15 months to 12-years-old, drop-in care and before and after school care.

The center specializes in Reach Inspire, Self-Paced, Excellence (R.I.S.E.) curriculum. They also offer a college credit plus program in-house for their assistant teachers to become teachers.

“We have an in-house scholarship program for our staff to grow as well,” Karanjia said.

Little Learner Children’s Academy welcomes questions and tours. To schedule an appointment online go to or call 815-466-8008.

For more information on the Channahon Minooka Chamber, which is a part of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry, visit or call 818-942-0113.