Did you know that the children of Haddonfield Child Care’s Extended Day Kindergarten Program (EDKP) celebrated the Haddonfield Tricentennial by illustrating a Longfellow poem about Elizabeth Haddon?

They also learned about jazz musicians, modern artists, presidents and heroes. They studied healthy, active lifestyles including good nutrition practices and exercise. They took up the challenges of STEM (science, engineering, technology and math), learning and experimenting with biology, chemistry, and engineering. And they began the road to good citizenship, both by learning about their community and carrying out community service projects.

What will YOUR kindergartener do before or after the Haddonfield half day kindergarten session next year? Will you be looking for play dates to fill out of school hours, or arranging a complex mix of classes or lessons? Why not sign on to EDKP, where you know that a whole range of enriching activities await the children in one place each day? And transportation to or from the three elementary school kindergartens is already arranged and included, assuring a seamless and worry-free day for parents.

Housed at Central Elementary School, you can rest assured that your child will be in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment, staffed by experienced professionals who will provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the latest research, and planned to enhance their kindergarten experience. At a recent panel discussion on expanded learning opportunities sponsored by the NJ Department of Education, the EDKP was recognized for its service learning component as part of NJ CARES, an initiative of the NJ School Age Care Coalition.

For over a quarter century, the Haddonfield Child Care Extended Day Kindergarten Program has served the community by working cooperatively with the schools to provide Haddonfield kindergarteners with a healthy balance of social, emotional, physical, and academic enrichment, in addition to dependable child care for working families. Many of those early “EDKP kids” are now adults in the workforce themselves, who fondly remember their days at EDKP and recall the friendships made there. A few have even returned to become EDKP staff!

Limited spaces (either full or part week) still remain for this long established and highly regarded non-profit wraparound program, so parents interested in registering for the 2013-14 session should contact the HCC Office at 429-1603 as soon as possible to reserve a place.

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