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Brethren Village

3001 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA 17606

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717-581-4291

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri: 6:30am-6pm EST

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Jennifer Hoffman


Jennifer Hoffman

U-GRO is honored to have been chosen to serve as the childcare operator for the Brethren Village Retirement Community.  Our modern center is conveniently located right on the BV campus which makes it easier to serve the needs of employee families while they work.  But we also serve families not associated with BV that may just live or work in the area.  U-GRO features six classrooms and an exciting outdoor playground.  It's truly a wonderful environment to learn and play - and that's only part of the story!

The best part is our team of dedicated U-GRO teaching professionals.  They make our programs flow!  Director Jen Hoffman leads a terrific staff of engaged individuals who enthusiastically bring the U-GRO Blended Model® curriculum to life.  And since we're located right on the BV campus, we feature an intergenerational program with our senior friends, combining their talents and life skills in daily and special events.

We hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon! You'll find our center to be loving, warm, inviting, fun, creative and clean!  Classrooms are grouped by age so they are appropriate for your child's development and geared towards small (class) size. Click these links to view written testimonials, or video testimonials.

We offer full & part-time childcare, preschool, and school-age programs for children 6 weeks through 8 years of age, from 2 to 5 days a week.  All educational and childcare programs are conducted in age-appropriate classes that promote small class sizes.
U-GRO Lancaster PA offers programs and activities specifically designed for each age level - infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten and school-age - to enhance your child's skills and 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:

[DAILY SCHEDULE]

  • 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 Actitivies
    • 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
Lunch is provided by the wonderful kitchen at Brethren Village. View September 2014 Menu
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