HUNTERSVILLE – Primrose School of Huntersville hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 19 at the site of its new school, off Kincey Avenue.

Lisa Jenkins, director of the Primrose School of Cornelius, said the location will serve preschool, private kindergarten students and infants, plus an after-school program.

It’ll create about 30 jobs, with 25 of them being educators’ positions.

The Cornelius school has been open for four years. Its Huntersville counterpart, Jenkins said, is slated to open by May 1. The school will hold 172 students when at capacity.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to expand into the Huntersville community,” Jenkins said. “We’ve had an amazing four years of reaching out to the community there and providing the highest quality care in the area. This was a natural expansion for us. A lot of our families live on the border of Huntersville and Cornelius.”

Primrose Schools, founded in 1982, is located in more than 260 cities and towns across the country, including Charlotte and Mooresville.

Fred Jenkins, the co-director of Primrose School of Cornelius, said he and his wife’s operation was afforded a tremendous opportunity with its expansion to Huntersville.

“We’re educational childcare, so our curriculums are all nationally approved. It’s all very high-quality and very specific,” he said. “Even our 6-week-olds have a curriculum. It’s very involved and detailed.

“We pride ourselves on the educational aspect of the childcare experience. Do they have fun? Do they play? Of course they do. But it’s also about developing their education, and that’s something we’re very proud to do.”