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: Preschool room closed until April 26 due to positive case
April 21, 2021: Circle of Friends Academy on Tuesday confirmed a positive COVID case in the preschool-age classroom. Schreiber and Circle of Friends established April 13 as the date when symptoms first appeared. As a result, the Circle of Friends preschool room will be closed through Friday, April 23. The room will re-open Monday, April 26. The individual who tested positive did not expose children or staff in the other two Circle of Friends rooms, and they will remain open. Parents with children who also attend S.T.A.R.S. Preschool have been notified and S.T.A.R.S. will remain open.
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
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
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.
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.
For tours or to register, contact:
Director of Child Care Services
Circle of Friends Academy
717-393-0425 ext. 171
“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