Circle of Friends Academy Child Care

The Circle of Friends Academy provides a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Circle of Friends Academy, a Keystone STARS Star 4 facility, offers stimulating early care and an education experience that promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desire to be lifelong learners.


COVID-19: Masks, kids and help for parents

It looks increasingly likely that children will need to wear masks when schools and child care centers re-open. Here are two resources for parents beginning the process of helping their younger children become more comfortable and less anxious with masks.
12 ways to help kids be OK with medical masks: A blog post by two Schreiber occupational therapists
Wearing a mask: A social story: Provided by Autism Little Learners, a website with resources for families and educators

COVID-19: Circle of Friends to remain closed indefinitely

Following guidance from the state’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, all child care centers, including Circle of Friends Academy, will remain closed indefinitely.

A few child care centers have been allowed to remain open, notably those that have received a waiver from OCDEL to provide care for children of employees who work for life-sustaining businesses or businesses that have been allowed to continue operation by a DCED waiver. Schreiber has not received an OCDEL waiver.

Thank you for your patience during these unusual times. If you have questions, please contact Christina Kalyan at 717-393-0425 ext. 171.

COVID-19: Tuition policy explained

In order to address questions we’re hearing about tuition, we are offering some additional information to explain what we have been doing and why we’re doing it. We initially asked for a 50 payment of tuition for first two weeks we were closed. We asked for 25 percent of weekly tuition through April 5. Similar payment policies are in place at other child care providers around Lancaster County. Circle of Friends will continue to make decisions based on Gov. Wolf’s guidance for schools and child care centers, and updates will be announced via Hi Mama, as well as on Facebook and our website.


Infant Room

During the first year of life, your baby’s brain is growing so fast. Stimulation helps engage them mentally and develop their senses. We will help your child build their motor skills and reach their developmental milestones faster. At Circle of Friends, you have access to Schreiber’s nationally recognized services that will enrich your infant’s experience, including:

  • Infant massage
  • Baby signing classes
  • Infant therapy
  • Feeding classes

Toddler Room

The toddler program is designed to be a positive first school experience. Teachers are creative and flexible, and they encourage discovery. Our program helps your children grow while learning through their individual interests. The children have opportunities to explore through play at their own pace while developing valuable social skills and peer relationships.


Pre-K Room

Preschool is an important time in a child’s development for social skills and awareness of others. Our program guides children to problem-solve, develop self-help skills and interact with peers. The children discover the world around them in a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment. They learn respect for themselves while preparing for kindergarten success.


View or download our brochure!

For tours or to register, contact:

Christina Kalyan
Director of Child Care Services
Circle of Friends Academy
717-393-0425 ext. 171

Register today!


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Parent Testimonials

“I can tell how much Jack loves everybody here. When I take him out to say goodbye, everybody knows his name. Everybody says goodbye to him. He lights up and smiles. Knowing Christina Kalyan and having seen her work, I could say she would give Jack the kind of care he needed. You guys do a fantastic job with kids with disabilities. And you also look at the whole family unit, and I think that’s really important.”

Alicia Fleming, Circle of Friends parent