Early Childhood Programs

 

Wonderspring provides high-quality early education programs for children six weeks to six years.
Our programs provide an age appropriate curriculum that encourages growth, creativity and curiosity.

Infant program

In their first year of life, trusting relationships are key to a child’s learning. Our infant program offers engaging and welcoming environments, as well as age and developmentally appropriate activities to enhance the day. Wonderspring staff provides a warm environment for children by creating nurturing relationships and regularly communicating with families.

Our teachers understand that a balanced routine includes visual and auditory stimulation with plenty of attention and care. Children will begin to develop a sense of trust as our teachers comfort and interact with them on a daily basis.

Wonderspring’s Infant program provides all the hallmarks of a high-quality infant program as outlined by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) including:

Time for children to explore and play. Providing interesting materials gives babies a small challenge and allows them to explore for long periods of time. Our programs emphasize activities and materials that encourage your child’s growth across developmental domains. We also monitor each child’s progress to ensure continual development.

Routines that address children’s needs. Routines—like eating, sleeping, and changing diapers—ensure that your baby’s needs are met. They help infants feel secure and start understanding what will happen next. At Wonderspring we provide responsive routines and transitions. 

Policies that support children’s health and safety. At Wonderspring health and safety come first. We have developed detailed health and safety policies and procedures to  protect children, staff and families and to ensure babies are ready to learn.

Additionally, Wonderspring’s infant program utilizes The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos,  a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to enable teachers to implement developmentally appropriate practices and offer responsive daily routines and meaningful experiences that nurture learning and development. For a sample schedule go here.

Wonderspring offers infant care at our Powelton VillageNarberth Center, New Market West, Pottstown Center.

Toddler Program

Toddler CareToddlers explore and experiment as they learn to walk, climb, and talk. Our toddler program provides a stimulating atmosphere to encourage growth, creativity, and curiosity. The enriched curriculum in toddler classrooms includes a balance of activities, such as age appropriate literacy development, socialization in large and small groups, outdoor play, and time to explore their individual interests.

Wonderspring’s toddler program provides all the hallmarks of a high quality toddler program as noted by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) including:

Positive relationships between teachers and children. Our teachers form close, relationships with children. By interacting with them in ways that show respect, they help toddlers learn to manage their own behavior

Time for children to explore and play. Toddlers need lots of interesting objects to explore. Wonderspring provides toys and materials that can be used in different ways so toddlers develop creativity and problem-solving skills. 

Consistent schedules and routines. Our programs provide responsive routines and transitions with time for active play (indoors and outdoors) and rest.

Effective health and safety policies. Wonderspring has developed comprehensive health and safety policies and procedures designed to keep children, staff and families safe and ensure that toddlers stay healthy and ready to learn.

Additionally, Wonderspring’s toddler program utilizes The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos,  a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to enable teachers to implement developmentally appropriate practices and offer responsive daily routines and meaningful experiences that nurture learning and development. The curriculum offers activities that encourage your child’s growth across developmental domains. For a sample schedule go here. Wonderspring also monitors your child’s progress to ensure continual development and prioritizes  communication with parents and caregivers.

 

Preschool/PreK

Preschool preKWonderspring offers preschool and preK at its centers in Narberth, New Market West, Pottstown and Powelton Village.  Our preschool and pre-k program focuses on a child’s preparedness for kindergarten. Children are encouraged to learn about the world around them through a balance of play, exploration, and activities. Throughout the year, fine motor skills are practiced in fun and creative ways. Teachers use a project-based learning approach, planning activities based on children’s inquiries and interests of the study topics. For a sample schedule go here.

Wonderspring recognizes learning goes beyond the classroom and provides opportunities for parents to be involved in the program both during the school day and at home. Our Preschool and Pre-K program:

 

  • Utilizes The Creative Curriculum for Preschool
  • Emphasizes child-directed knowledge acquisition through play and exploration
  • Offers exposure to and participation in music, art and STEM
  • Allows children to explore topics in a project-based approach
  • Provides a classroom environment filled with open-ended materials
  • Offers daily outside play (weather permitting)
  • Offers activities that are individualized to meet each child’s educational goals.
  • Provides a literacy-rich environment that build pre-reading skills
  • Implements the Second Step Curriculum Social Emotional Curriculum,which focuses on the child’s ability to recognize emotions and manage their feelings. 
  • Utilizes positive behavior management strategies
Wonderspring offers preschool/pre-k at the following centers. All of our preschool programs accept ELRC subsidy and several of our centers offer PreK Counts, PHLpreK and Early Head Start, which provide tuition-free programming to eligible families. Click the links below to learn more or enroll.
 
Powelton Village Center (accepts ELRC subsidy and offers PreK Counts and PHLpreK)
Narberth Center (accepts ELRC subsidy)
New Market West (accepts ELRC subsidy and offers PreK Counts and will offer PHLpreK in Sept 2023)
Pottstown Center (accepts ELRC subsidy and offers PreK Counts and Early Head Start)
 

Wonderspring Havertown

Wonderspring recently opened Wonderspring Havertown in the location of the former St. Faith Preschool and Kindergarten. Wonderspring Havertown is currently licensed by the Department of Education and offers preschool for children 3-5 years of age.