The Dickinson College Children's Center was established by the Dickinson College Board of Trustees to provide childcare for children of faculty, staff, and students. Alumni, employed grandparents and community families are also invited to enroll. Our curriculum enables children to explore and create in an atmosphere of warmth and enthusiasm. The children gain positive self-concepts as they find enjoyment and success in the developmentally appropriate activities. Our Kindergarten program is licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and our curriculum is guided by the Pennsylvania Kindergarten Standards. We offer monthly field trips to nearby locations as well as visiting a few of the on campus buildings such as the Planetarium, Tree House, Trout Gallery and Green House. Small group, large group and individual activities are provided throughout the day. Children are guided to develop indepenence, cooperation, respect, responsibility, confidence and a love of learning.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
IEP, S/L program
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
15 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Dickinson College Children's Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
1 teacher
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Please call the center office regarding specific rates for Full Day Kindergarten, or before/after care weekly rates.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Please call the center office for weekly rates
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Regina VanKirk
Admissions Associate
Cheri Truman


Total Sports Offered
4 sports

School Notes

  • Our Kindergarten maintains a small class size 15:1
  • Full Day Kindergarten includes before and after school care (7:15-5:30)
  • Kindergarten Only Option (9am-3pm)
  • Social/Emotional Curriculum
  • Guest visitors and Service Learning Projects
  • Hands on Learning
  • STEM and Family Engagement Activities
  • Parent/Teacher daily interactions
  • Kindergarten curriculum:
    • Math; Everyday Mathematics
    • Writing:  Handwriting without Tears
    • Reading: RAZPlus with Reading A-Z is delivered over the Internet and is a constantly changing program. Each month, Reading A-Z adds new books, lesson plans, and other resources, thus continually expanding its wealth of materials.
    • Social-Emotional-Teamology Project TEAM uses six foundations and relatable characters to provide a common language for staff and students.

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