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Quality Programs

The Growing Place provides high quality care and education for infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and school age children in Monroe County. Our programs include age specific-curriculum for iinfant through school age, and are available at all three locations.  

Our qualified, caring professionals are committed to supporting the social and emotional development of young children through a developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with the PA Early Learning Standards. We are committed to celebrating each stage of child development while providing parents with compassionate and reliable child care services.

Working Parent Program

This program is dedicated to working families of infants through school age. Children may attend full or part-time depending on the needs of the family. Age-appropriate educational components are built into each day’s schedule.

Preschool Working Parent Program
Our Working Parent Preschoolers receive the same high-quality curriculum as in our Preschool classrooms, delivered within a full day. We celebrate each exciting stage of preschool development while fostering problem-solving and critical social and emotional skills. This program enriches kindergarten readiness through a variety of stimulating activities built around language and literacy, science, math, creative art, and social studies.

Infant/Toddler Working Parent Program
Our infants and toddlers aged eight weeks to three years are cared for in a homelike environment, where children learn through active play and hands-on experience. The curriculum incorporates age-appropriate stories, music and movement, art projects, and activities in our daily routine. These activities are connected to the Early Learning Standards as well as to individual child assessments and goals.

School Age Working Parent Program
The Growing Place provides before- and after-school care. In the morning, children may bring breakfast and participate in games and creative art activities or just relax and play with friends.  In the afternoon, children are given a snack followed by homework supervision.  The children may choose from exciting learning centers as well as physical activities in the gym or outdoors.


Three-Year-Old Preschool
Our three-year-old preschool develops your child’s growing ability to express themselves in words and ideas. The Three’s program provides opportunities to develop beginning language and literacy skills, small and large muscle control, explore music and movement, and foster problem-solving and critical social and emotional skills. Kresgeville only.

Four-Year-Old Preschool
Four-year-old preschool celebrates growing independence and sociability while preparing your child for the exciting challenges of kindergarten. The Four’s program is designed to encourage social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language skills. Friends become more important, fostering more cooperative, organized play. Kresgeville only. 

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Preschool
PA Pre-K Counts was established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to bring quality pre-kindergarten to Pennsylvania preschoolers. Pre-K Counts is for children who may be academically at risk due to family income, language, cultural issues, special needs, or other circumstances.

The Growing Place delivers a full or half-day PA Pre-K Counts preschool program, five days a week, to 144 at-risk area preschoolers in Brodheadsville, Kresgeville and Stroudsburg.  PA Pre-K Counts is free to families who qualify.

We are updating our information to include applications and other important details. See below for instructions.  For more information, call 570-402-0127.  

Class Times:

Chestnuthill: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                                                                     570-402-0127

Polk: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.                                            610-681-5486

Stroudsburg: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                                570-213-0326


To Qualify for PA Pre-K Counts
This program is for PA residents only.  Your child must be three years old on or before September 1 of the year for which you are applying.  Priority enrollment is given to children who are four years old on or before September 1.  Families must be income-eligible.  

How to Apply

Download, print and fill out both applications, then call 570-402-0127 for an appointment to turn in the applications and submit other required documentation.  You may also scan the completed applications and return them to  We will then contact you to schedule an appointment to provide the rest of the documentation. 

Required Documents


You will need:

  • A completed set of applications.  The two applications can be emailed to you, mailed to you or downloaded from our                  website. 
  • Child’s birth certificate. 
  • Child’s Social Security card.
  • Your 2021 Federal Form 1040 from your tax return.  Both parents’ if not married filing jointly.
  • Proof of state assistance such as Medical Assistance, SNAP, LIHEAP, etc. This can be a determination letter or budget                  letter.
  • Proof of other family income such as SSI, military benefits, child support, etc.
  • Your child's IEP or diagnosis/treatment plan, if applicable
  • Any custody/foster/adoption paperwork, etc.

Everyone must qualify financially.  Income must be below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, with priority going to below 250%.  Must be able to verify family size and income with prior year’s tax return and/or other documents.


Things to Remember

  • We need to meet you and your child. 
  • Please be on time for your appointment.  Call if you are running late or need directions.
  • Adults and children over age two may be asked to wear a mask, depending on conditions.
  • You may be temped and/or asked to use hand sanitizer on your way in the building.
  • You will be given a brief tour and will see a classroom.
  • We will receive your applications and make copies of your documents.  We are required to see originals.


Learn More: PA Pre-K Counts



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