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Preschool Plans Open House January 9, 2019

Little Lambs Christian Preschool will hold an open house and registration event for new students on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Parents and children may visit the preschool, which is located at High View Church of God, 2470 Leaman Road, Ronks, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Staff and current parents will be available to answer questions.

Little Lambs will accept registrations for the 2019-20 school year during the event. The preschool program offers a two-day play group for 2-year-olds on Mondays and Wednesdays. The 3- and 4-year-old class is a two-day program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The prekindergarten program for 4- and 5-year-olds offers a two-day option on Mondays and Wednesdays and a three-day option on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. All preschool classes are taught by Pennsylvania certified teachers.

Little Lambs, a nonprofit mission outreach program of High View, is a Christian-based program that has a mission to provide the finest in early childhood education, to prepare children for kindergarten, and to direct attention to moral values. Daily activities include biblical lessons, chapel time with the pastors, play, stories, music, art experiences, reading and math readiness activities, outside play, field trips, and class visitors. Children from all religious backgrounds are welcome; no specific doctrine will be taught.

Little Lambs is located in the Conestoga Valley School District. While the majority of the students are from Conestoga Valley and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts, students also attend from Pequea Valley and Solanco school districts and the School District of Lancaster.

For more information or to arrange for a personal tour, readers may contact Kerri Shindle at 717-687-0523 or littlelambsks3@gmail.com. Details are also available at www.hvcog.org. Registration forms may be obtained at the church or online.

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MOMS Club Plans Preschool Fair January 4, 2019

Elizabethtown and the surrounding areas are rich in resources and opportunities, but sometimes finding and sorting through all of those options can be overwhelming - especially for parents scouting out potential schools for their children. That is why the MOMS Club of Elizabethtown hosts a preschool fair every year. President Erica Leilous stated that the purpose of the event is to highlight educational offerings of local preschools in order to help parents make the right choice for educating their young children.

The ninth annual MOMS Club of Elizabethtown preschool fair is set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 398 N. Locust St., Elizabethtown. Admission is free. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26.

Leilous noted that preschools typically begin sign-ups and enrollment for the fall in the spring of the same year, so exploring options early is key. "While most schools start when the child is age 3 or 4, some, such as Elizabethtown Community Nursery School, can start as young as age 2," added Leilous. "Those attending Children's Playroom of Lancaster County can start as infants."

Schools and organizations scheduled to take part in the event include Bossler Christian Preschool, Children's Playroom of Lancaster County, Elizabethtown Child Care Center (ECCC), Elizabethtown Community Nursery School, Fishburn Flock Christian Day Care and Early Learning Center, GEARS Kids Center, Kids Playhouse at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, Kraybill Mennonite School, Lancaster Mennonite School - Hershey Campus, Mount Calvary Christian School, Play 2 Learn, Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, Susquehanna Waldorf School, Tiny Timbers Christian Preschool, and Under the Willow Preschool.

"It is a great opportunity to explore all the schools at one time, in one location, versus researching all the options on your own," Leilous remarked. "It is great to have the face-to-face interaction and to meet individuals that could possibly be working with your child."

Additionally, the MOMS Club of Elizabethtown will hold a bake sale at the fair. A local business that offers educational classes and camps for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children will have a table of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities set up for attendees to try and purchase. Plus, a local school bus service will have a bus parked outside for another Touch-A-Bus experience, which Leilous said was a popular part of last year's preschool fair, too.

Leilous described the MOMS Club of Elizabethtown as a group of mothers that are currently at home raising their children. Members must have an Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, Bainbridge, Marietta, Maytown, or Lawn address to join officially, as the club is an official chapter of MOMS Club International.

The group gathers monthly at an official Club Connections meeting, typically held on the first Friday of each month at a location in Elizabethtown. "This meeting is where club news, planning, and event discussion take place while children play," said Leilous.

Members also take turns planning and hosting play dates, activities, outings, and child-friendly field trips to local places. "It is a great way for moms to make friends with other moms in the area that are also currently home and gives children opportunities to interact and play with others," commented Leilous.

For more information on MOMS Club of Elizabethtown, interested individuals may stop by the membership table at the preschool fair or email etownmomsclub@gmail.com.

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Program Set For Preschoolers January 4, 2019

The Mountville Church of the Brethren, 60 W. Clay St., will offer Tots 'n Tunes, a free program for preschool children and their parents, grandparents, or other caregivers, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Mondays from Jan. 14 through March 25, except Feb. 18.

The program will include free play as well as a music class and time for parachute play. Adults should feel free to bring appropriate snacks for their child.

No preregistration is necessary. More information about the church is available at www.mountvillecob.org.

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Parenting Support Program Slated December 7, 2018

Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, has announced that its Community Outreach Parent Enrichment (COPE) Play Cafe will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 20, as well as on Mondays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, April 22, and May 20, 2019. The program will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., and attendees should enter through the back doors under the carport.

Parents may enjoy coffee and connect with other parents as they engage in parenting discussions and gather resources. Speakers will discuss relevant topics such as meal planning, reading development, and postpartum depression. The purpose of the COPE Play Cafe is to provide a safe place to ask questions, get support, and learn about crafts and activities.

Playtime and other activities will be available for children.

The program is open to anyone in the community. For more information, readers may call 717-464-0720 or email wsuccpreschool@yahoo.com.

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Children Celebrate Giving November 29, 2018

The children of the Riverside Chapel Sunday school and the Make a Joyful Noise Choir of New Beginnings Church recently celebrated giving in various ways.

The Sunday school classes participated in the Samaritan's Purse outreach by filling boxes with personal hygiene items, coloring books, crayons, toys, clothing, and other items. The boxes will be delivered to people in need around the world.

The children's choir members gave thanks for their blessings through songs of praise. They sang "Give Thanks" and "Whisper a Prayer" at a morning worship service.

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Public Town Hall Meeting Planned October 19, 2018

Elizabethtown Child Care Center (ECCC) will host a public town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the fellowship hall made available by Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St.

The meeting will discuss upcoming busing changes that the Elizabethtown Area School District is slated to enact beginning with the 2019-20 school year, including how these changes will affect busing to and from the current early learning centers in the school district. No other topics will be discussed. School board members and administrators will be in attendance.

Readers may contact ECCC at 717-361-9824 for more information.

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Nursery School Sets Vendor Event October 18, 2018

Noah's Ark Nursery School will hold a vendor event at St. Paul's Church, 1 W. Fourth St., Quarryville, on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public is invited to stop by to shop for Christmas gifts. Activities will be available for children while their parents shop. Additionally, the vendors have donated items for a giveaway drawing that will run throughout the day, and tickets will be available for purchase. Winners do not need to be present.

For more information, readers may call Noah's Ark Nursery School at 717-786-4919.

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Preschool Posts Openings September 5, 2018

Little Friendships Preschool currently has openings in the Honeybees class for 2- and 3-year olds. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Interested individuals may contact Friendship Community Church at 717-779-0400 or stop by the church office at 3380 Fox Run Road, Dover.

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School Changes Name, Opens Enrollment August 13, 2018

The Christian School of York, 907 Greenbriar Road, York, has changed the name of its accredited preschool program to Christian School of York Preschool. Formerly called the Early Education Center, Christian School of York Preschool changed its name with the goal of more clearly communicating the biblically based education provided to children ages 2 to 5.

Additionally, Christian School of York Preschool will now operate on an open admission model, allowing more students from the York and greater York region to attend the school. Readers may contact the admissions office at 717-767-6842 for more details.

Christian School of York Preschool's 12,000-square-foot Dr. David N. Thompson Center for Early Education was built specifically for preschool education and opened in 2009. It features large, bright classrooms; a dramatic playroom; an oversized recreation room; and a 4,000-square-foot, fenced-in, rubber-tiled play yard. The curriculum at Christian School of York Preschool is designed to grow the hearts and minds of young students through a variety of part- or full-time, multi-day class options for prekindergartners ages 2 to 4. The preschool operates in line with the academic calendar year of the Christian School of York.

Education at Christian School of York Preschool is designed to grow students cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Biblical principles are incorporated in every learning domain.

The teachers at Christian School of York Preschool are all accredited, professional educators with degrees in early education, elementary education, child development, or more than one of these fields. The program and facility at Christian School of York Preschool are accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, signifying strict adherence to best practices in every area, including curriculum, physical environment, teacher training and certification, and health and safety standards.

The preschool facility was named for Dr. David N. Thompson, who briefly served as headmaster of the Christian School of York and had the vision for creating a state-of-the art Christian learning center for preschool students. Shortly after the blueprints were drawn, he was diagnosed with a fast-spreading pancreatic cancer that ultimately took his life before the opening of the preschool center. His vision remains a driving force of the overall mission of Christian School of York Preschool and the Christian School of York.

For more information about Christian School of York Preschool and the Christian School of York, readers may visit www.CSYonline.com.

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Back-To-School Event To Feature Haircuts, Backpacks August 6, 2018

"We had seven salon chairs donated, and I just filled that last chair (with a stylist). We will have seven top stylists," enthused Drema Duncan, director and prekindergarten teacher of Preschool Pebbles, as she discussed the plans for the Scissors Snipping event she has slated for Sunday, Aug. 20. "We want local families to know they have somewhere to get (free) haircuts for back-to-school."

Scissors Snipping will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Living Stones Vineyard Church, 2292 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom, where the preschool is located. Professional stylists will give haircuts to children ages 3 to 10 at no charge. Children will also have the option to accessorize their new hairdos with headbands or barrettes.

To further ensure children have what they need for school, backpacks containing basic school supplies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need them.

The haircuts will be available to walk-ins, so anticipating that there may be some waits, Duncan has arranged for enjoyable things to do at no cost to participants. Two of the preschool's classrooms will be open for play - the third classroom will serve as the salon - and the outdoor playground will be accessible as well. A movie will be shown, and fresh popcorn will be served by Living Stones pastor Bud Stillman. Other snacks and beverages will be available in the church's cafe. Face painting will also be offered.

Duncan thought up the event and planned it out within a week's time.

"I have had such an awesome response in many ways so far: volunteer stylists and donations of back-to-school supplies and even gifts for kids," she said. "So many people are wanting to help, some as far as York."

Helping others and meeting needs are hallmarks of Living Stones Vineyard Church. Preschool Pebbles was launched in 2013 as a ministry of the church in order to provide a Christian-based safe, caring, and fun learning environment for children in the Southern End. The adults responsible for making that happen are Christine Lewis, who teaches the 2-year-old class; Brooke Wagner, who is the teacher of the 3-year-old class; and Patricia Giffing, who is the aide in Duncan's prekindergarten class.

"We provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum and interest areas to facilitate each child's learning experience," Duncan wrote in the preschool's brochure. "It is our desire that each child grows to love learning, learns a bunch, makes some awesome friends, learns how to be a positive part of a community, and gets to know Jesus."

The preschool is still enrolling for the 2017-18 school year. Classes are available for children who will be 2 years old by Saturday, Sept. 30, through age 5. Two-day and three-day programs are available. Classes will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September through May. Afternoon classes will be added if there is enough interest.

To learn more about Scissors Snipping or the preschool, readers may contact Duncan at 717-344-4790 or preschoolpebbles@aol.com. The school may be found on Facebook by searching for "Preschool Pebbles."

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Nursery School Accepting Registrations August 1, 2018

Jacob's Ladder Nursery School, 1068 Chestnut Level Road, Quarryville, still has limited openings for the 2018-19 school year. Classes and play groups are available for children age 1 through prekindergarten.

To enroll a child, call 717-548-1257, ext. 5.

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Preschool Posts Class Openings July 20, 2018

Christ Lutheran Preschool, 105 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, has openings in several of its classes for the 2018-19 school year. Classes are available for children ages 3 and 4.

Parents may contact Becky Stevenson at 717-235-0459 for information about the preschool program and to schedule a tour. Readers may also visit www.clpskids.org.

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Preschool Posts Open House July 13, 2018

Bossler Christian Preschool, 2021 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown, will hold an open house on Thursday, July 26, between 9:30 and 11 a.m. The preschool serves children ages 3 to 5, and families are invited to bring their preschooler to the open house to experience learning in a real one-room schoolhouse.

The preschool aims to teach children about the world through Bible stories, art and cooking experiences, science discoveries, music and movement activities, math, and language development.

A discount is being offered for the afternoon class, which runs from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more information, call 717-537-8192 or visit www.bosslerchristianpreschool.com.

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Preschoolers Raise Funds For St. Jude June 19, 2018

On April 26, Discovery Time YMCA Preschool, located at St. John Lutheran Church in New Freedom, participated in its second annual St. Jude's Trike-a-Thon. The 28 preschoolers who participated in the April event raised more than $2,000 to help children with cancer.

Last school year, a student at the preschool was diagnosed with cancer. Last year and this year, the preschool families rallied to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

By offering events such as the St. Jude's Trike-a-Thon, Discovery Time aims to help children develop a positive self-concept and empathy toward their peers and community.

Discovery Time currently has openings in the preschool program. For more information, readers may contact Dena Hare, Southern Branch YMCA SACC and preschool director, at 717-235-0446, ext. 25.

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Preschoolers Help Fund Smile Packages May 24, 2018

Neffsville Christian Preschool recently teamed up with Ryder Getchis, who was seeking to raise money to purchase items for Smile Packages, pillowcases full of special goodies for children going through cancer treatment.

Preschool students decorated a bank to take home to collect their family's loose change. After approximately five weeks of collecting change, the children and their families had raised more than $611. Many children emptied their own piggy banks in order to fill their banks for Ryder's Smile Packages project.

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Preschool Sets Summer Camps May 23, 2018

Trinity Preschool, 200 E. Market St., Hallam, has announced four summer camp sessions, which aim to offer affordable and fun learning experiences for students ages 2 and a half to 8. All camps will be held throughout the summer from Mondays to Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The first camp will be "Books and Cooks," a cooking camp designed for children ages 5 to 10. Other themes will be "Seuss on the Loose," "Destination Disney," and "Rainforest Explorers." For dates and additional information, readers may contact the school at 717-757-3169 or preschool@trinityhallam.com.

Trinity Preschool has been in existence for more than 40 years. It strives to provide a safe and secure learning environment that encourages creativity and teaches a progressive curriculum. Its goal is to encourage the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each student.

The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offers morning and afternoon sessions. It focuses on social development while introducing students to reading readiness skills and early math concepts.

The 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and focuses on preparing students for kindergarten.

The prekindergarten program meets five times a week from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It utilizes the Starfall reading curriculum and the MathCounts mathematics series. Enrichment classes and a pack-a-lunch program are also offered.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. Interested families are invited to contact preschool director Brenda Keller at the previously mentioned contact information to schedule a visit or to obtain details.

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Preschool Posts Summer Camp Program May 16, 2018

Mount Zion Preschool, 2164 Mount Zion Road, York, is accepting registrations for its summer camp program for children ages 3 to 11. The camp will take place in June and July on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp will include play time, projects and activities based around themes, such as nature, music, dinosaurs, science and cooking. Children will have time to enjoy packed lunches.

For more information, readers may email MZPreschoolYork@aol.com or call 717-718-1093. Campers must be toilet trained.

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Summer Camp Sessions Set May 9, 2018

Joyful Noise Preschool, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York, will offer three summer camp sessions. Camps will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. from Monday through Thursday.

Children ages 3 to 6, who have not completed kindergarten, are invited to attend. Sessions will feature "Princesses and Knights" from June 11 to 14; "Rainforest Adventure" from July 16 to 19, and "Outer Space Explorers" from July 23 to 26.

There is a cost per camper, per session. All campers must be potty trained. For more information and to reserve a space, readers may contact 717-764-9467 or joyfulnoise@zionyork.org. Space is limited.

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Preschool Registration April 18, 2018

St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 45 First Ave., Red Lion, is accepting registrations for the 2018-19 school year in the two- and three-day classes. Students are required to be 3 or 4 years of age by Friday, Aug. 31, for admittance.

The classes offer children a classroom setting with structured academic lessons and the use of computers for continued learning. Students enjoy field trips that mix learning with fun throughout the year, and they perform programs and receive report cards twice a year.

The school year runs from September through May. Interested individuals may contact the church office at 717-244-2355 to register. Additional information is available at www.saintpauls-um.com.

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Preschool Sets Open House March 21, 2018

Our Lady of Consolation Early Learning Center (OLC-ELC) will host an open house on Thursday, April 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Schneider Parish Center, 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg. Preschool for children ages 2 to 5 is offered, and before- and after-school care is available.

For more information, visit www.olcelc.com or call 610-857-1163.

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