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Christ Lutheran Childcare Center

50 Years in the Community

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Founded in 1970, we've been serving our community's childcare needs for 50 years!


 In each of our programs, we strive to promote each child’s physical,  emotional, mental, and social development. We will also help your child  to develop a sense of compassion for others, positive feelings about  themselves, a sense of independence, and promote a love of learning. We  are proud to be a part of your child’s early growing years and thank you  for enrolling your child with us. Our center would like to enter into a  partnership with you as parents. Open, informal communication between  you and the staff will be essential for your child’s social, physical,  and intellectual development. We want to incorporate your own personal  goals for your child with our program goals. Please feel free to speak  with us! We welcome your comments, questions, concerns and suggestions  about your child’s experience with us. The structure of the daily  program is based on the shared interests and concerns of the children,  family, and staff. A variety of structured and unstructured  developmentally appropriate activities will be offered utilizing both  large and small group in indoor and outdoor settings. The children enjoy  the opportunity to explore the community through walking trips and  visits to neighboring parks and businesses. As a center, we truly  believe in educating and loving each child, unique for who they are.

6weeks to Pre-K

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We offer full day (7:30am-6:00pm) 

curriculum-based childcare 

for children from 6weeks to Pre-K.


We even have an AfterSchool Care 

for students of Jenks School


 

The childcare center curriculum is based on the individual needs and  developmental stages of each child. We can do this because we maintain a  high staff to child ratio. The lessons and activities planned are based  on individual and group observations. Each child’s learning style and  cognitive development is considered. Our learning environment is focused  on promoting the following goals:

  • Creating a sense of safety and love for each child
  • Fostering independence and security in the learning environment
  • Promoting self esteem
  • Promoting cognitive development and a love of learning
  • Promoting fine & gross motor development
  • Foster and encourage social skills and a sense of community
  • Encourage self control and independent thinking
  • Promote problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Promote a strong sense of self and character education


100's of Years of Experience

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Combined, our teachers have hundreds of years of experience working with children and offering amazing experiences to learn and grow! 


 Our experienced and dedicated staff will guide your child in a loving,  friendly, secure, and relaxed atmosphere. They will encourage your child  to learn through their own natural curiosity and make learning  opportunities available to them daily. The staff is trained in First  Aid, CPR, Emergency Preparedness, and Fire Evacuation. Additionally,  each staff receives 18-22 hours of an ongoing training in the field of  Early Childhood Education. The Center staff includes individuals with  degrees in education, Child Development Associates, as well decades of  experience. 

Current Openings

Infants

This class is currently full, but accepting registration for summer enrollment.

Older Infants

This class is able to welcome 1 new student.

Young Toddlers

This class is able to welcome 5 more students.

Older Toddlers

This class is able to welcome 5 more students.

Pre-School

This class is able to welcome 5 more students.

Our Programs

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Infants (Older and Younger)

Christ Lutheran Child Care has two infant programs, the Sweet Peas  and the Busy Bees, with a total enrollment of 11 children and 5 staff  members. Our littlest students, the Sweet Peas, average in age from 6  weeks to 5 months. The Busy Bees, our older infant program, tends to  average from 6 months to 17 months of age. Each infant program is  designed to provide each child with a feeling of warmth, confidence, and  security. The schedule is a flexible, individual one, which allows the  staff to spend quality time with each child. We believe that through  this nurturing interaction along with encouragement and lots of love,  your child will have experienced warmth that is essential to their  growth and cognitive development.


Areas of Development:

  • Large muscle control - rolling, crawling, reaching, pulling
  • Small muscle control - grasping, holding, stacking, manipulating
  • Auditory/Visual - follows objects with eyes, turns head toward sounds
  • Verbal Development - babbling, imitation, laughing, story time, singing, turn-taking games
  • Encouragement of natural curiosity
  • Development of self esteem through love and nurturing

Toddlers (Older and Younger)

The Toddler Programs at Christ Lutheran Child Care Center are based  on exploration and discovery. The Caterpillars, our younger toddlers,  love to explore their environment by hands on experiences. They are  learning about the world around them in leaps and bounds. Vocabulary  development at this age is rapid! The Butterflies, our older toddlers,  are always on the move, looking to test the world around them, learn  about how things work and increase their use of language.

Our learning curriculum is geared towards a child’s natural curiosity  and we believe in having our staff set up situations where learning  occurs naturally. One week we may be learning about apples and the color  red. What better way to discover apples than by finger painting with  applesauce, getting to eat red Jell-O and squish it between our fingers,  dance with red ribbons and taste test all kinds of apples! Young  children are so eager to learn! Through a loving and nurturing  environment your child can be encouraged to reach their full potential.


Toddler Areas of Development

  • Enhancing auditory and visual skills
  • Creative play and development
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Encouragement of self-help skills
  • Introduction to colors, shapes, opposites, and counting through play
  • Daily activities of math, language & literacy, art, music, etc.
  • Encourage growth of self-esteem


The Toddler Programs use a discipline philosophy of redirection. We  feel that toddlers are not able to easily share. Often we have two of  every toy, especially the popular ones, so that a child may be directed  to play in another situation without having to experience the  frustration that occurs from always hearing NO! Toddlers test their  world around them and through consistent boundaries, reinforcement of  appropriate behavior and loving guidance, the toddlers are taught to  feel secure in the world around them.


All Toddlers should bring:

  • A bag of diapers
  • Wipes
  • Complete change of clothes
  • Sippy cup


Children staying for the full day will also need:

  • Sheet
  • Light blanket
  • Finger food lunch

Pre-School

The Preschool Programs at Christ Lutheran Child Care are based on  exploration and discovery.  We offer families two programs; the  Adventurers and the Explorers. The Adventurers range in age from 3-4  years while the Explorers are 4-5 years in age. Both programs offer a  variety of activities designed to meet your child’s needs during this  time of active growth and rapid development.  Your child is filled with  endless curiosity!  Learning occurs best at this stage by helping your  child to learn through their own natural curiosity. Our well-trained  staff encourages your child to reach their potential at a pace that is  comfortable for them by participating in individual and group  activities.

The Adventurer’s and Explorer’s curriculum is based on monthly  themes.  Each week tackles a concept related to the primary theme, and  through that topic, teaches your child about colors, numbers, letters,  opposites, science, math, language & literacy, music, creative  explorations, and character education.  Parents are encouraged to join  in the learning process and reinforce concepts at home.  Each week, a  lesson plan will be sent home to include you in the process of helping  your child grow and allow you to remain closely aware of what your child  is learning about while in our care.

The Explorers are very busy getting ready for Kindergarten.  This  class will also focus on phonic awareness, fine motor skills for  writing, pencil grip, and letter forms, counting to higher numbers,  following multiple part directions as well as independence and self  direction.


Preschool Areas of Development:

  • Enhanced listening and retention skills
  • Creative play and development
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Continued reinforcement of basic learning concepts
  • Expand language acquisition skills
  • Enrich socialization process, encourage social skills
  • Increased development of math skills:  counting, sorting, matching
  • Reinforce positive self image


The Preschool programs implement a discipline practice of  redirection and clear guidelines to help your child grow socially.  Consistent consequences are offered to your child and on occasion, a  short calming down period, similar to a time out, within the company of a  staff member. It is only through testing boundaries in a safe way, that  children gain clear and understandable expectations of the world around  them. Your preschool child is ready to verbalize their feelings to  their classmates and our staff encourages your child to express  themselves. Socialization and learning through play is a big part of  these programs.

After School Care

Thank you for considering the After School Program for Christ  Ascension.  Your child’s stay with us will be positive, rewarding and  fun. In 1987 Christ Ascension Lutheran Church started the after school  program as a service to the community to provide your child with a safe  and educationally encouraging environment.  This service is available to  the children that attend J.S. Jenks Elementary School.  The program is  licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and fully  insured.  The staff in the School Age Program has experience working  with and teaching school age children.  All have their child abuse,  criminal, and FBI clearances as well as checked references and  continuing education goals.

School Age activities include homework, outside play time, arts,  crafts, games, sports, special activities, music, dancing, puzzles,  legos, character education and even an occasional party!  The program  operates Monday – Friday from dismissal of school until 6 pm.  Parents  may choose the pick up that best suits their need as well as what days  to attend during the week.  Please see the tuition rates to determine  the schedule best for your family. The program does offer parents the  option of having their child picked up on early dismissal days from  school.

Special Programs

Children's Music Experience

 Peter Moses, children's recording artist, visits the Center twice a  month to bring the joy of music right to our door and encourages early  musical education with the use of instruments, song singing, rhythm, and  dancing. 

Computer Tots

Computer Tots visits our school twice a month.  They  use custom, story-based Imagine Tomorrow software, developed by an  educator  to help the "Puterbugs" solve their silly missions! Kids  become Computer Detectives and work as a team to solve the mission!  Not  only are technical concepts introduced, but early childhood academic  fundamentals are reinforced such as early literacy, math, and  logic.  Parents can even logon to the Adventure Journal from home and  see snippets of what their little ones are doing in class! Each child  that enrolls gets to use their own laptop during class.  (Infants-Prekindergarten) 

Jump Bunch

Jump Bunch--a children's sports program--visits the center once a week for a 10 week program.   During each class, your child receives equipment for their own use to  participate in a wide variety of sports. Kids develop self confidence,  improved gross motor coordination, good exercise habits, fitness, and a  love of sports. (Young toddlers - Prekindergarten) 

After School Care

CLCCC Kids' Club

Thank you for considering the After School Program for Christ  Ascension.  Your child’s stay with us will be positive, rewarding and  fun. In 1987 Christ Ascension Lutheran Church started the after school  program as a service to the community to provide your child with a safe  and educationally encouraging environment.  This service is available to  the children that attend J.S. Jenks Elementary School.  The program is  licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and fully  insured.  The staff in the School Age Program has experience working  with and teaching school age children.  All have their child abuse,  criminal, and FBI clearances as well as checked references and  continuing education goals.
School Age activities include homework, outside play time, arts,  crafts, games, sports, special activities, music, dancing, puzzles,  Legos, character education and even an occasional party!  The program  operates Monday – Friday from dismissal of school until 6 pm.  Parents  may choose the pick up that best suits their need as well as what days  to attend during the week.  Please see the tuition rates to determine  the schedule best for your family. The program does offer parents the  option of having their child picked up on early dismissal days from  school.

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Our services and employment are provided in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability, and age.