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Children’s Village celebrates 35th anniversary

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Children’s Village opened in 1985 with three classrooms and six teachers.

Thirty-five years later, the nationally accredited early childhood education center located on the Doylestown Hospital campus has 14 classrooms and about 60 staff members.

“What’s special about this anniversary is that the center has maintained quality programming for so long,” said Children’s Village Director Teri Windisch. “We are staying current and are still able to meet the needs of families in the community.”

Children’s Village opened its doors in January 1985. In September that year, a kindergarten was added. A second building opened in 1988, the same year the pre-school camp began.

The center received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for the first time in 1990. The national, voluntary accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helps families identify high-quality programs. Children’s Village has earned and maintained NAEYC accreditation for more than 20 years. The center also holds 4 stars – the highest level – in the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS system. This rating system promotes quality improvement in early learning and school-age child care programs.

Children’s Village’s third building opened in 1992. The following year, the center welcomed families from the community to join those of Doylestown Hospital employees. The center remains open to all families in the community. The licensed capacity is 211 children ranging in age from infants to preschoolers and kindergartners. Strong enrollment is a testament to the center’s quality, notes Windisch, and there is currently a waiting list for attendance.

Windisch, who has been with the center for 15 years, says some of the students are the second generation of families to attend the center. In addition, several people who once attended Children’s Village as youngsters are currently on staff as teachers, assistants or volunteers.

“What makes the care extraordinary is the quality of the teachers,” said Windisch. “The program delivery is through the relationship the teacher has with the child. Here, that relationship is loving, positive and developmental.”

Several teachers have been with Children’s Village for 25 or more years.

Among the center’s achievements, Children’s Village became a Pre-K Counts site four years ago. Several children attend for free through this state-subsidized preschool program.

Activities scheduled to celebrate the 35th anniversary include a special sing-a-long party in the center’s community room, Village Square. A large cardboard cake will be decorated with cardboard candles made by the classrooms. A photo booth will be available to families through the week and the center’s timeline posted in Village Square is being updated to include the last decade. Three class years of kindergartners created tiles representing their favorite aspect of Children’s Village that are being installed near the entrance, at kid-friendly height, to commemorate the milestone anniversary.


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