Welcome to Kids & Company Schaffner, formerly Aa to Zz. We offer full and part-time programs for children ranging from six weeks through to school-age. Our center has 10 classrooms that can accommodate 94 children. We cater to infant, toddler, and preschool ages and also offer a Kindergarten Preparatory program as well as school-age programming before and after school and on public-school closures or holidays. We have a large outdoor play space as well as on-site parking available to our families, making for easy drop-offs and pick-ups.
We serve our children breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day, all prepared in our on-site kitchens. Formula is available as well for our infants.
We are proud members of the Keystone STARS (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Supports) program, a quality rating system that promotes quality improvement in early learning and development programs and school-age child care. A Keystone STARS designation means that children are in a safe, respectful environment in which they are learning new things every day to support their current and future successes in school and in life.
Our unique curriculum and emergent approach to learning and discovery, puts children at the center of everything we do. The learning opportunities presented to them are a direct result of their individual interests and skills. Our children are immersed in experiences that enhance language, literacy, a sense of music and rhythm, and socialization so that they may develop independence, confidence, and a positive sense of self and the world around them.
Please note that we partner with East Hanover Elementary, South Hanover Elementary, West Hanover Elementary, and Paxtonia Elementary to provide transportation to and from schools where needed.
Hello! I’m Katie Hiddemen, the Center Director of Schaffner. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from Appalachian State University. I have over 13 years of experience in the child care field. I love being able to create a safe, enriching, and loving environment where children can thrive. I love being able to work for a company that takes care of its employees and is passionate about early childhood education where I can put children first. I take so much pride in the fact that our center is often described as a family environment. It is a safe space where all are welcome, and all are embraced for who they are. A family favorite is our unique situation where we have chickens that all the children work together to help take care of.
Kids & Company’s Infant program welcomes newborns up to roughly 18 months. Infants learn about the world around them through their senses, so exploration is critical to their development. Nurturing educators support the children while they take in their surroundings, encouraging them to experience everything the classroom offers; be it creative art, exploring with blocks, listening to songs or engaging in story-time. Our infant program encourages children to follow their own established routines, while becoming comfortable and secure in a new group setting.
Kids & Company’s Toddler program is for children between the ages of roughly 18 months and 2.5 years. Toddlers are mobile and eager to explore their environment. As they strive for independence, our educators use an Emergent curriculum approach to learning that supports each child’s individuality. Some of the most important learning outcomes of our toddler program are language development, socialization, self-help skills, and the development of fine and gross motor skills.
Kids & Company’s Preschool program is designed for children between the ages of roughly 2.5 - 5 years. Our educators interact, observe and interpret the interests of our children to encourage discoveries. Our Preschool program provides a foundation for developing greater independence and problem-solving skills; the program integrates new concepts into our children’s world view, promotes sharing and mutual respect, and prepares them for Kindergarten.
Kids & Company’s School Age program accepts children from 5 - 12 years old (Grade 1 - 6) and is available at select locations. Programs include Before and After School Care, School Break Programming, and Summer Camp. Classroom space exists for smaller groups to gather, and activities are designed to meet the needs of varying developmental levels, touching on arts, science, math, drama, imaginative play, and physical fitness. Educators are also available to provide academic support for children that wish to do their homework during After School Care.