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The early childhood program at Hildebrandt Learning Centers (HLC) at Gettysburg's Growing Place provides for the continuous progress of children from the time they enter our center until they depart. The children's needs and interests are the basis for the curriculum, whether they begin at six weeks of age or during their preschool years. These facilitated learning experiences promote the development of the whole child, including physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, based on their developmental age.

The daily schedule is consistent, yet flexible, and provides children with the opportunity not only to learn basic living and educational skills, but also to develop a healthy self-concept.

We believe the greatest gift we can give your child is a sense of worth and self-esteem. Children who think well of themselves will be able to go through life's experiences making appropriate decisions as well as experiencing success and failure without interrupting life itself. We will maximize opportunities for your child's success by allowing him/her to progress at their own pace and by choosing age-appropriate activities in which your child is interested. Children are met where they are, and taken as far as they can go.

The environment and curriculum are planned to provide opportunities for children to learn by directing, talking, listening, and exploring concrete objects and real life experiences. The importance of "child initiated play," as well as teacher-facilitated and directed activities, is recognized as a major way through which young children learn basic skills.

The foundation of our views on how young children learn is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practices as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

(717) 337-8211 phone | (717) 337-8460 fax | Center Director Sherry Yingling
142 Constitution Avenue
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325