This location was formerly called “Aa to Zz”, but has since been purchased by Kids & Company and now operates with our staff and proprietary programming.
We are located in the Swatara neigborhood, behind the Post Office near Derry St. and Hebron Ln. Our standalone building and residential environment provides a quiet and private place for children to learn. We have a large parking lot that parents can use during pick-up and drop-off, and we are within walking distance of a local bus stop.
Inside the building you’ll find the windows let in lots of natural light and classrooms are spacious and full of educational and age-appropriate toys. Outside we have a large fenced-in playground with a tree climber, house, slides, bikes, scooters, and other fun equipment. The space is separated for children who are just developing their motor skills, and those that are ready to run, jump and climb!
Our 7 classrooms can accommodate 88 children in our Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep, and School Age programs. The School Age program runs Before and After School care, School Break care, and Summer Camp. Transit from Chambers Hill, Rutherford, Lawnton, Infinity, and Christian Academy are provided at an additional cost. Children who are 6 years and under are welcome on a full-time or part-time basis, with backup care being available if there is space.
At Kids & Company, we use an emergent curriculum and learn-through-play philosophy. This means children are presented with learning opportunities in direct response to 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.
We serve our children breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day, all prepared in our on-site kitchens. Formula is also available 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.
If you’re interested in our Swatara location, please fill out the inquiry form below. You can indicate multiple locations in the comment section if you are unsure about your top choice.
Once submitted, one of our Parent Customer Care representatives will reach out via phone or email within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends and holidays). During that exchange, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn more about fees, book a tour, and find the best suited location for your child.
For a limited time only, registration fee will be waived for families who register and start care by January 31, 2024.
My name is Courtney Shaffer, and I am the Center Director of Swatara. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education. I have been working in the child care field for over 9 years. I am passionate about working in child care because I love watching when a child learns something new and they get so excited and proud of themselves. Kids & Company builds a foundation for kids to strive from furniture to accessories. Our center has many diversities and we are in a convenient area for families.
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.