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Hershey

1223 Research Boulevard
Hummelstown, PA 17036

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(717) 566-9200

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri: 6am-6pm EST

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Andrea Wetherbee


Andrea Wetherbee

...Childcare Just Got Sweeter! Our brand-new early child daycare and preschool education center in Hershey PA is conveniently located near the Hershey Medical Center and open to the public. In an effort to advance outcomes and better prepare today’s children for kindergarten, we moved from our old center to a custom-designed facility with the most advanced learning technologies and amenities around.

  • 16,000 square-foot center designed specifically with children in mind.
  • 2 acre campus at the Hershey Center for Applied Research.
  • 10 separate age-appropriate classrooms.
  • Advanced e-Learning classroom technology.
  • 1,800 square-foot indoor play area and 3 outdoor custom playgrounds.
  We design and build each of our 12 state-of-the-art U-GRO facilities just for children. You'll find our center to be loving, warm, inviting, fun, creative and clean! Classrooms are tailored to appropriate age groups -- each one colorful, immaculate, safe and spacious. The new Hershey center was built with safety in mind. You'll find secure, fenced-in-play-yards, and all our centers are equipped with both an access system and touch-screen sign-in system. This double-check ensures each and every child's safety because every parent must punch-in an individualized security code before entering the school to sign-in their child. But it's not only our facilities that are great. The best part is our team of dedicated U-GRO teaching professionals who lead high-performing classrooms that provide children with opportunities to flourish and experience the extraordinary every-day! Director Andrea Wetherbee leads a terrific staff of engaged individuals who enthusiastically bring the U-GRO Blended Model® curriculum to life - combining the best of a structured, age-appropriate program with self-direction. This helps children reach their full potential. U-GRO President, Greg HolsingerU-GRO President, CEO and local resident, Greg Holsinger says, “Choosing the right early childhood care and education program is a critical decision.  At U-GRO we understand all that you have to consider and are here to provide the best resources in order to help make a decision you can feel good about. At U-GRO, our commitment to children is truly as great as your own.”      
  • 6 weeks through 8 years are the age ranges we serve
  • 2 to 5 days per week are the part and full-time childcare, preschool and school-age program options we offer
  • 6A.M. to 6P.M. Monday through Friday are our operating hours
Classrooms are grouped by age so they are appropriate for your child's development and geared towards small class-size. Learning Programs include:
U-GRO at Hershey offers programs and activities specifically designed for each age level  including infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten and school-age. These programs enhance your child's skills and increase understandings needed to be successful in school and life. Those areas include:
  • Sense of Positive Self and Initiative
  • Social Relations
  • Creative Representation
  • Music and Movement
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Exploration, Logic and Mathematics

U-GRO is committed to provide the highest quality early childhood education through our proprietary Blended Model™ curriculum.  The Blended Model™ was conceived to provide a balanced approach to classroom learning.  It provides opportunities for structured activities (teacher directed) as well as investigative (child-led) discovery.  We then align our program content and goals to the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood.

The Blended Model™ curriculum is brought to life by U-GRO teachers who are positive and share a love of children.  They look for “teachable moments” and work to capture children’s interest in all they do.  By making observations throughout their planned lessons, teachers discover children’s interests.  This leads to investigations and the study of concepts that children are excited to explore.

The environment at U-GRO is well-planned and creative.  Activities support child-choice and self-directed play, small groups and circle-times with the whole group.  Classes are organized developmentally and according to age which ensures that daily lesson plans are tailored to individual needs and hands-on learning fun!

Click below to view PDF's of our Learning Goals:

    • 6:30 - 9:30 Free Choice and Small Group Activities
      • 6:30 Children Arrive (Breakfast till 8:00)
      • 7:30 Art Experience (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
    • 8:55 Cleanup
    • 9:00 Together Time: Welcome, Calendar, Songs & Fingerplays
    • 9:15 Story Time/Language Experience
    • 9:30 Snack
    • 9:45 Learning Stations: Writing, Science, Math, Sensory, Felt Board - *Small Group: Math Activity
    • 10:15 Outside Play or Walk. Creative movement
    • 11:00 Together Time: Letter of the Week Activity
    • 11:20 Movement Activity (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
    • 11:30 Lunch
    • 12:00 Songs & Fingerplays - Story Time (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
    • 12:30 Nap Time
    • 2:30 Wake up
    • 3:00 Snack
    • 3:20 Outside Play or Walk. Creative Movement
    • 4:00 Together Time: Theme Activity
    • 4:00 - 5:45 Free Choice and Small Group Activities
      • 4:20 Story Time (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
      • 5:00 Teacher Directed Activity
      • 5:15 Songs & Fingerplays
    • 5:45 Table Activities
    • 6:30 - 9:30 Free Choice and Small Group Activities
      • 6:30 Children Arrive (Breakfast till 8:00)
      • 8:00 Diapering/Pottying
      • 8:15 Teacher Directed Table Activity
      • 8:30 Art Experience (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme) - * Small Group Readiness Skills Activity
      • 9:00 Together Time: Songs & Fingerplays
      • 9:15 Story Time (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
    • 9:30 Snack
    • 10:00 Diapering/Pottying - *Free Choice and Small Group Language Experience
    • 10:30 Outside Play or Walk. Creative movement
    • 11:00 - 11:30 Free Choice and Small Group Language Experience
      • 11:00 Together Time: Theme Related Activity
      • 11:20 Music & Movement
    • 11:30 Lunch
    • 12:00 Diapering/Pottying & Free Choice and Story Time (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
    • 12:30 Nap Time
    • 2:30 Wake up & Diapering/Pottying
    • 3:00 Snack
    • 3:30 Outside Play or Walk. Creative Movement
    • 4:00 - 5:45 Free Choice and Small Group Actitivies
      • 4:00 Together Time: Math Concept Activity.
      • 4:15 Story Time (Relating to Curriculum and Weekly Theme)
      • 4:30 Diapering/Pottying
      • 4:45 Teacher Directed Activity
      • 5:15 Songs & Fingerplays/Story Time
    • 5:45 Table Activities
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