Our History

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West Chester Area Day Care Center has a long history of providing children with a safe, nurturing child care environment combined with a top quality early education program.

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 word about the Center spread, we earned a reputation for quality care and education.

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Faced with serving increasing numbers of children, in 1969, the Center moved to the larger quarters where it remains today, a beacon of quality early childhood education on East Nields Street. The land on which our current building stands was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wood; an aggressive building campaign raised the necessary funds for a specially designed home for the Center.

The Center continues to grow, with a current enrollment of more than 100 children supported by 17 full-time teachers, 21 part-time staff, 3 administrative staff, a chef, an accountant, and a 10-member board of directors.

After four decades in our Nields Street home, renovations and improvements are always on the horizon. Learn more about our plans for the future.

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Revised February 2009