More about Us

Our Philosophy

At the Gingerbread House, we respect children as individuals. We understand that the first five years of a child’s life is an amazing time of growth and learning that serves as a foundation for future stages of development. Our child care center and our staff of dedicated teachers follows and teaches to the standards of the “Creative Curriculum” which concentrates on four areas of development; social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. We strive to meet the individual needs of every child while providing hands on learning and investigation in art and music, math and science, reading and writing.

Introduction

We welcome you and your family to The Gingerbread House Learning Center. The Gingerbread House is an equal opportunity care provider. Our handbook will explain rules and regulations, what you can expect from us and what we will expect of you. On occasion, we may find it necessary to add or change information in this handbook. We will always provide you with a written addendum.

Our center is a learning environment, not only for children, but also staff, and parents as well. We welcome your questions. Please come visit us anytime and stay involved in your child’s “home away from home.”

General Information

  • Center Hours: 6:30AM-6:00PM Monday-Friday
  • Open: Year round (Except holidays and breaks listed in handbook)
  • Licensed by: Department of Public Welfare-Office of Child Development
  • Phone Number: (215) 949-1167
  • Owners: Susan Federer and Lynn Palmer
  • Director: Sara Ivey-Carr (Acting Director)

Keystone Stars

Our center is involved with a statewide quality improvement program for early childhood education titled “Keystone Stars.” Keystone Stars identifies four levels of quality performance standards that allow providers to achieve a quality rating designated by one or more stars. The quality performance standards in each level are research based and linked to improved outcomes for children. Although not all centers are participating, The Gingerbread House is currently at 2 stars. The Keystone Stars program has some stringent guidelines and most likely new policies may be developed over time while we work toward the next star. We will keep you informed of any changes. You will find additional information regarding Keystone Stars located on the Parent Bulletin Board. If you have any questions, please ask!

Inclusion Policy

Every child varies in their skills, knowledge, backgrounds, and abilities. Active teaching requires personalized teaching and chances to learn for all children to access, participate, and succeed in early learning settings. Individualizing for children who need more support helps safeguard effective teaching for children with disabilities and other special needs. The center will follow a child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or Individualized Education Program (IEP) as part of effective teaching, individualizing, and creating inclusive environments to support the individual child’s learning needs.