Students in Ms. Hein's kindergarten class, part of the before- and after-school program in the school age center at Red Hill Christian, learn about the letter "O." The school is currently offering incentives for new parents/students in coordination with the launch of their new facility.
The staff of Red Hill Christian School, and their students, said they feel right at home in their new facility on E. 5th Street in Red Hill.
Not only do they have two new buildings with state-of-the-art classrooms on two acres, they also have an outdoor recreation area with plenty of room to spare. And the enthusiasm of the staff and children about their new digs is evident from the moment you step on campus.
“We are so excited to own our own facility and things are perfect for our needs here,” said Program Director Liz Stair. “We just feel really blessed to be a part of this community and to be with such great families.”
Following about 18 months of construction after its purchase, the child care center officially opened its doors Aug. 29, 2011. It stands less than a mile away from the old facility on Graber Alley in Red Hill. It houses toddlers (ages 12 months and up) up to 5-year-olds in its main building, while elementary students call the school age center home.
Students in that building, ages kindergarten through fifth grade, are there on a part-time basis either before or after school at Marlborough or Hereford elementary. Kindergarteners can extend their learning for the other half of the day and older children have their own space in a low-key setting to do homework, take a break playing Nintendo Wii or participate in other activities.
Stair noted the kindergarten program is a great alternative for working parents in the Upper Perkiomen School District as the district doesn’t offer full-day kindergarten for children not deemed “at-risk" educationally.
The school’s other locations, their Deep Creek campus at the former Perkiomenville Mennonite Church and the Cedar Grove campus at the new Perkiomenville Mennonite Church, both in Upper Frederick, cater to students with a private, state-approved K-5 education, childcare and half-day preschool programs.
At the new main campus, which is home to approximately 100 students, Stair said children and their parents can find bright spaces, outfitted with kid-sized restrooms, and up-to-date CAD 6 computer technology and phone service.
But more important than the facility’s attributes are its teachers and their passion for education.
“We have amazing teachers, the best I’ve ever worked with,” said Stair. “Usually there is a high turnover in this industry but our staff stay, some for many years.”
Teachers at the school have a minimum of an associate’s degree, while many have attained their bachelor’s or higher.
“We want our working parents to feel that their kids are not only safe but loved,” Stair noted. “As a parent you can never get enough information about your kids and what they are doing…We get so attached to the kids and they form amazing bonds with each other.”
Stair said parents get time each morning to communicate individually with their child’s teacher as well as daily commun-ication logs. Parents also regularly take part in activities like campfire nights, parents’ night out and dad and kids’ days to interact with each other, staff and their children.
Red Hill Christian School will be hosting an opening celebration and open house at the new facility at 208 E. 5th Street in Red Hill Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with refreshments and activities for the kids.
For more information visit www.redhillschool.com or call (215)679-6613.