Dickinson College Children's Center

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 TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedIEP, S/L program
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$190
Summer Program Cost NotesPlease call the center office for weekly rates
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students15 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Dickinson College Children's Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers1 teacher
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$168
Tuition NotesPlease call the center office regarding specific rates for Full Day Kindergarten, or before/after care weekly rates.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRegina VanKirk
Admissions AssociateCheri Truman


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBallet, Dance, Indoor Soccer, Martial ArtsBalletDance,
Indoor SoccerMartial Arts,

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.

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school and elementary school to Dickinson College Children's Center is Cornerstone Christian Academy (0.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Carlisle Early Education Center (0.9 miles away)
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