The Growing Place employs approximately 90 dedicated caregivers and administrative staff.
Staff members are required to have criminal record, FBI fingerprinting, and child abuse history clearances. They obtain required physicals and continuing education along with training in first aid, fire safety, recognizing and reporting child abuse, and emergency preparedness. All of our staff members are required to receive at least 24 hours of professional development each year.
Most of our teachers have bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field with ECE credits. Most of our assistant teachers have or are working towards their CDA, or Child Development Associate Certification. This is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated competence in meeting the needs of children, and is recognized as an important building block to improve the quality of child care.
Click here to read more about employment qualifications and download our employment application. You must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old to be considered.
Emergency Weather Closings
Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable. If our centers are ever closed due to inclement weather, you will find an announcement here either the night before or early in the morning. The Growing Place reserves the right to close or delay opening due to weather. Our decision to close or delay the Working Parent Program is independent of the Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg Area School Districts. If The Growing Place is open, parents are responsible for regular payments regardless of weather or attendance.
Working Parent Programs—Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and School Age
The Working Parent Program will be open as usual unless we announce otherwise on our website and Facebook page.
This includes School Age Programs, which will be open for care during PVSD and SASD delayed openings, early dismissals, and closures, unless announced otherwise.
Preschool programs cancel classes when Pleasant Valley School District closes due to inclement weather.
Preschool programs will hold all classes on their regular schedule when Pleasant Valley School District has a delayed opening or an early dismissal. If we decide to close, we will call parents.
PA Pre-K Counts
The Growing Place Pre-K Counts cancels classes when Pleasant Valley School District or the Stroudsburg Area School District closes due to inclement weather.
If there is a one-hour delayed opening, Pre-K Counts AM class will open one hour late at 10:00 a.m. and close at the normal time of 12:00 a.m. The PM class will operate as usual.
If there is a two-hour delayed opening, Pre-K Counts will follow a modified schedule. Both the AM and PM classes will be shortened as follows:
AM: 10:00 to 12:30
PM: 1:00 to 3:30
If Pleasant Valley calls for early dismissal, there will be no PM class.