Classrooms

Each classroom at Little Lights meets or exceeds the standards of Keystone 4 Star Program. Classrooms meet or exceed the student to teacher ratio for each age, with age appropriate toys and learning centers. To learn more about the goals of each classroom, see below.
To learn more about our teachers, please visit the staff page.

infant roomS (bunnies & lambs)

Ages 6 weeks thru 12 months
The focus is on providing a loving and nurturing environment where the needs of the infant are the first priority. The ratio maintained in these rooms is 1 teacher for every 4 infants. The teachers in the classroom spend their days engaging the infants in conversation, song, and providing new experiences through spirit, sound, and touch. The schedule for this room is heavily determined by the infants and meeting their basic needs. Your child's teacher will work with you to ensure a schedule is followed that best meets the needs of your child and family.

Ms. Della Bender is the teacher in the Bunnies Room. 
Ms. Deb Darr is the teacher in the Lambs Room. 

young toddler (Tree frogs & monkeys)

Ages 12 thru 24 months
In these rooms we have 1 teacher for every 5 children.
The Young Toddler Rooms are some of our busiest. Gross motor play time occurs outside daily (weather permitting) and children are provided with many opportunities to develop social skills and experience hands on exploration and learning. Children are introduced to colors, shapes, and animal sounds. There is a short daily circle time and art is incorporated into the lesson plans developed by the classroom teachers. The teachers of our Young Toddlers want both you and your child to feel comfortable and at home in their home.

Ms. Kristin Collyer and Ms. Kassidi Junkins are the teachers in the Tree Frogs Room. 
Ms. Deb and Ms. Amy are the teachers in the Monkeys Room.

toddler (Pandas)

Young 2 Year Olds
In this room you will see an explosion of academic knowledge. The children learn their colors, shapes, numbers, ABC's, and will learn information about various topics throughout the year. During your child's time at Little Lights you will notice that all of our classes incorporate a great deal of free play. This is the best way for children to learn. Teachers take this time to engage the children in conversation, develop social skills, and help extend the child's thought processes.

Ms. Rylie Kerschner and Ms. Panney Katsifis are the teachers in the Panda Room.

older toddler (tigers)

Older 2 year olds and Younger 3 year olds
The room where you will watch your child become more and more independent. Children in the Tiger Room will be learning to dress themselves, make their own nap mat, clean up independently, use a spoon effectively, put on their jackets, and will begin developing many other life skills. Potty training can continue in this room. Children will work on name, letter, color, and shape recognition.

Ms. Joy Walker and Ms. Siara Alvarado are the teachers in the Tiger Room.

3 & 4 Year olds preschool  (lions)

Older 3 year olds and Younger 4 year olds
The Lion's Room focuses on peer interactions and expressing emotions appropriately. They use a Social Emotional Curriculum once a week called PATHS. Problem solving skills are supported and developed this year. Children will continue to work on letter, number, shape, and name recognition. 

Ms. Robin Lautsbaugh and Ms. Jackie Tritt are the teachers in the Lions Room.

 

4 & 5 year olds preschool (dolphins & hippos)

4 and 5 year olds starting Kindergarten next year
Our teachers meet with school district representatives in Cumberland County annually to assess our curriculum and ensure it aligns with the Districts' expectations. The Dolphin & Hippo Rooms focus on centers that will increase the academic success of students in Kindergarten. Language Arts and Math centers are a vital part of the curriculum. 

Ms. Lisa Myers is the teacher in the Dolphins Room.

Ms. Julie Walker and Ms. April Miller are the teachers in the Hippos Room.