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About Us

Welcome to The Growing Place Child Care Centers. We know that selecting child care is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will ever make. We appreciate your interest in our programs, and look forward to getting to know your family.

The Growing Place Child Care Centers began in 1976 as an outreach of Salem-St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kresgeville, PA. Today, The Growing Place is a non-profit subsidiary of the church, supported by parent fees and fundraising campaigns.

Over the years, The Growing Place has grown to meet the changing needs of the area and operates two large sites within former Pleasant Valley elementary schools in the West End of Monroe County. Our third center, opened in 2018, is located within the Stroudsburg Middle School.  

At all three centers we serve children aged eight weeks to 12 years in programs for infants and toddlers, preschool, and school age.  The Growing Place remains committed to supporting the unique and individual needs of each family.

The Centers are not religiously based and are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  We welcome CCIS families.

The Growing Place is proud to be a voluntary participant in the Accreditation Program of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the standard of quality for programs serving young children. NAEYC administers the nation’s largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for early childhood education programs. Polk and Chestnuthill are NAEYC-accredited.  

The Growing Place participates in the Keystone Stars Program, a statewide child care initiative that recognizes high-quality programs through performance standards. Our centers are rated a Star 4, the highest star level.

Board of Directors

The Growing Place Board of Directors consists of representatives from the community. The board determines the strategic direction of The Growing Place, oversees the operation of the Centers, and maintains a strong fiscal condition. Board members are committed to our mission and are ultimately responsible for maintaining the spirit of that mission through The Growing Place staff, environment, curriculum, and events.

• Rich Ballek• Pam Haydt (Secretary/Treasurer)   • Lynette Thompson (President)
• Gary Bruch• Mary McHugh• Jackie Ward
• Diane Dickison (Vice President)• Paula Meltzer• Ellen Wetzel
• Lisa Giuliano (Recording Secretary)    

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