West Chester Area Day Care Center

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For 59 years, The West Chester Area Day Care Center has been a leader in providing children a safe, nurturing child care environment combined with a top quality early education program. United Way logoThe Center is a partner agency of the United Way of Chester County.

The Center opened its doors in 1962 in space leased from the Chestnut Street Friends with five children, a social worker/director, three teachers, a cook, janitor and many dedicated volunteers. As more and more families learned about the Center, word spread through the community about the quality care and education it provided. In order to accommodate the increased number of children, in 1969 the Center moved to larger quarters at its current location on Nields Street. The land for the building was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wood, and an aggressive building campaign raised the funds needed to construct a specially designed home for the Center. Today, the West Chester Area Day Care Center continues to flourish and grow! Our "family" includes:

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Our Mission

The WEST CHESTER AREA DAY CARE CENTER is a non-profit childcare program that provides a quality, early childhood education program that promotes the development of children emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer all parents affordable childcare with special emphasis on those with the greatest financial need.

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We focus our enrollment on low-income families in Chester County, including many families from shelters, by not imposing any cap for the number of children on subsidies, not charging the difference from what we are reimbursed and our own rate as many private centers do, offering scholarships to families in financial crisis, and by keeping our rates low for those not yet accepted for subsidized care. We emphasize quality care for the entire low-income population because these families are more susceptible to substandard services; therefore we strive to not let that trend continue. Families in need or in financial crisis are our highest priorities.

Our organization provides a solid, early educational foundation for children by implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children aged six weeks through Kindergarten which operates on a year-round basis from 6:30 am-5:30 pm. We also care for school age children from kindergarten age through twelve years old for before and after school, on half days and days off from school as well as full time during the summer. We are a bus stop for East Goshen, Westtown-Thornbury, Collegium and The Family Academy.

We address the nutritional needs of every child in our care during these crucial years of early development by providing free, nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch and snack including formula for our infants. Every single child eats for free and eats well.

We work closely with all early intervention programs to help meet the specific needs some of our children require. These teams work on the premises and with our teachers and families to ensure every child is getting their developmental needs met. We also work with West Chester University and are a field placement for students in the Departments of Early and Middle Grades Education, Psychology and Nursing illustrating our dedication to better train people in careers that will work with children.

Our multicultural center employs experienced, educated teachers with an extremely low turnover rate. This past year, we achieved the high rating of becoming a Keystone Star 3 Center. This means we have gone above and beyond licensing requirements and are providing a very high quality program for the families we serve. We provide all of the children, especially those at-risk, with the early educational foundation needed for building their future learning and increasing their potential for success in school.

We make a difference!

A message from the board of directors

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Revised June 2019