Hope Lutheran Church Childcare Center is a non-profit ministry of Hope Lutheran Church. We have been in operation since 1971 serving the New Castle County community with quality early education. Our program consists of 3 areas of focus for the Mind, Body and Soul through our academic curriculum, our health and nutrition program, and our bible curriculum for spiritual development. We provide early educational opportunities to young children regardless of their race, creed, sex, or national origin, in a Christian value-based atmosphere.
Hope Lutheran Church Childcare Center is committed to providing quality childcare for families in a Christian environment. We focus on age appropriate learning with interactive play both inside and out, balanced nutrition and spiritual growth.
Our year round thematic curriculum offers children many opportunities to explore their world through hands-on activities to learn about numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and more. We also focus on listening, following directions, working independently and in a group, being a good friend and communicating. Progress reports and parent conferences are completed twice a year for 3 year olds and Pre-K children and three times a year for our 2 year olds. For families with children who require special services, we coordinate referrals and assessments through the Colonial School District. Our children are also given opportunities to hear God’s Word and learn about Jesus and His love for us.
- Hours of Operation 6:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday - Friday
- 2's class
- 3’s class
- Pre-K (4’s & 5’s) class
- Before/After care program for Pleasantville Kindergarteners through 2nd graders
- Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided through the Child & Adult Care Food Program
- Tuition $155 per week during the school year and $165 a week for the summer weeks
- We offer a 10% sibling discount
- $50 registration fee per child is required to enroll
- We participate in the Purchase of Care Plus program
History of the Center
In September 1967, members of the church laid the groundwork for Hope Lutheran Kindergarten, which was in operation from the fall of 1968-1972, when the local school districts began providing Kindergarten. In September 1972, the childcare opened again starting out with two part-time preschool classes. Since the re-opening in 1972 the childcare has continuously remained in operation serving the needs of the diverse New Castle area in which it resides. Preschool continued to be part of the program until being phased out in 2004, when the community’s need for half-day preschool shifted to a rising need for full day childcare. Presently our preschool curriculum is presented throughout our full day program. Over the years, this ministry of the church has grown into a wonderful school that abides by state regulations set forth by the Office of Childcare Licensing.
Quality staffing is provided with a teaching ratio of 1:6 throughout the building. Younger children are staffed at a ratio of 1:5. The staff is qualified and well trained, meeting and exceeding the requirements set by the Delaware Office of Childcare Licensing. Staff is required to stay current with CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration training, as well as continuing training hours each year. Those employed at HLCCC have a deep commitment to the education and care of young children. They represent the same diversity as the clients we serve.
Laura Cahall - Director
Janine Borrelli- Office Manager