"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Infant & Toddler Care:
The tuition rates include the following services:
We have a variety of options available for enrollment in this program:
Education portion 9am-12pm.
Full day for families needing services between center operation hours.
Part time care: 2 or 3 days a week care available.
Pre-K Counts details on program requirements can be found below.
School Age Care:
We partner with Ephrata Area School District: Akron and Fulton Elementary for before and after care. Children are offered breakfast and an afternoon snack during their time at the center.
We also work with the school district on behalf of early dismissals, school closures, and delayed openings.
Check out below for our Kindergarten classroom specific schedule accommodations.
Infant & Toddlers
Infants 6 Weeks to 1 year Warblers
Our Warbler room is one of the most active and exploratory classrooms. We pride ourselves on a low teacher-to-child ratio in this room, allowing for plenty of individualized attention and bonding. Our teachers work with children and their parents to develop individualized goals which correspond into the teachers lesson plans that are created weekly. We strive to provide meaningful activities like tummy time, feeding, and a daily routine to assist in the child's developmental needs. The children have a play area and nap space of their own.
Toddlers 1 to 2 years Bluebirds
The Bluebird classroom is a flexible, creative, and encouraging environment in which we strive to provide experiences full of discovery. Our program is created to help the children to grow while learning through the individual interests of the children. The teachers use those interests to teach both meaningful and developmentally appropriate concepts such as utilizing sign language to communicate basic needs, social skills, and working on building their fine and gross motor skills. The opportunities we provide allow each child to explore through play at their own pace while developing valuable social skills and peer relationships.
Toddlers 2 to 3 years Robins
The Robin classroom gives older toddlers an opportunity to be in a preschool setting with peers while still having the care and guidance that a toddler needs. The Robin classroom allows older toddlers a chance to play and interact with peers through learning centers and play. With their exploration and discovery of the environment we surround them in, children are able to engage, interpret, and inquiry concepts in self-discoveries as well as teacher guided instruction. Our primary goal is to work with children on their individualized goals as well as strengthen their social-emotional, fine/gross motor skills, and partnership with families on potty training. These key developmental stages set the child up for independence and success into their preschool years and beyond.
Preschool 3 to 4 years Hummingbirds
The Hummingbird class is a young preschool class using the Creative Curriculum to develop age appropriate activities and is based on the children's interest to create learning exploration and discovery. Our teachers implement fine motor, literacy, and science discovery to name a few of their favorite activities to incorporate in their children's learning.
Preschool 4 to 5 years Cardinals
The Cardinals class is our older preschool class using the Creative Curriculum to develop age appropriate activities based on individual children's needs. In the classroom the teachers work with the children on letter and number recognition, writing their name, and educational expressive art projects.
Preschool 4 to 5 years Swans
The Swans class is a preschool environment using the Creative Curriculum to develop a program for children who are eligible for kindergarten the following school calendar year. In the classroom they work on constructive problem solving, social-emotional skills, as well as academic skills like recognizing letters, numbers, and shapes.
It runs September to May from 8:30am to 11:30am. Families can choose 2, 3 or 5 days per week, according to their needs.
Pre-K Counts 3 to 5 years Orioles
The Orioles class is a full day, state-funded, Pre-K Counts class that runs 180 days, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entrance into this class is based on family income and other risk factors. Attendance is a requirement in regards to our partnership with the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 Pre-K Counts grant program as well as follows the Ephrata Area School District calendar. In the classroom, our certified teacher, creates learning experiences that gets the children ready for kindergarten. The Orioles prepare academically for a more structured setting but utilizes creative curriculum which enhances learning through play.
Before and/or after care is available for a fee.
Before and After Kindergarten Care Owls
Our Before and After Care for Kindergarten classroom allows for programming outside of their half day kindergarten with Ephrata Area School District. Our Owl classroom utilizes the creative curriculum content to emphasis the children's academic content as well as influence their own personal interest. The Owls kindergarten enrichment activities are geared towards building social-emotional development as well as working through the alphabet in themed lessons that correspond with their instruction at school.
Children who attend Akron Elementary or Fulton Elementary in the Ephrata Area School District can come to Diamond Street before and/or after their half-day kindergarten class. The children who attend Akron Elementary will be walked out to the bus stop by one of our qualified staff who will transport the students to and from school. Children who attend Fulton Elementary will be transported via DSECC van.
Before and After Care 1st-2nd grade Eagles
When the Eagles are not at elementary school you can find them enriched in stories, especially The Magic Tree House series. The Eagles also incorporate STEM projects, arts and crafts activities, and enjoy gross motor play.
Before and After Care 3rd-4th grade Falcons
The oldest group in our center enjoys doing arts and crafts projects, STEAM related experiments, and defining their social-emotional skills for problem solving strategies. The Falcons can be found playing and running around outside, working on their homework from school if they'd like, as well as playing board or card games with their teacher. One of their favorite projects to do is create bird feeders.
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