We Include the following for all the children attending our Center:
Etters, Newberrytown, Fishing Creek, Lewisberry after school care
Hot Breakfast, Lunch and Two Snacks Included.
The two owners, Bill and Judy Whale, are on site from open to close, Monday through Friday. Judy and Bill put in between 60 and 70 hours each, per week, unlike most owners who spend only a few hours each week at their Center and have someone else run it for them. If you have any questions or concerns, the owners are present for you.
We are a fully licensed and accredited program with the State of Pennsylvania. We work directly with Child Care Consultants / Child Care Network and accept subsidized child care from the State of Pennsylvania, which means that many families making under $50,000 per year pay us as little as $20 per week for child care.
Transportation to and from three West Shore School District Schools and One Northeastern School District School by our two full size school buses: York Haven Elementary, Newberry Elementary, Red Mill Elementary & Fishing Creek Elementary.
Summer Program with four to five field trips per week. Field Trips are not just to parks, but to special places you would like to take your child if you had the Summer off. These field trips cost us between $35 and $45 per week per child and are included in our low Summer Program rate of $175 per week. And yes, we also include breakfast, lunch and two snacks for our school age children in the Summer Program also for no additional fee. Hit the Summer Program Button above and see where we are going this Summer. Most Summer Camps do not have as many activities as our Summer Program, which is why we promise that your child will never be bored.
We run an active program in which the children get plenty of physical exercise. We routinely go on Summer Program trips where people pull us aside and ask where we are from and how we are able to do so much and at the pace we go at, as if we are from another universe or something. An example would be how we had the boys and girls race across the Washington Zoo from the lowest section to the highest section while all the time pushing and pulling two huge wooden wagons with five 5-gallon drink dispensers in one and tons of food in the other. People were looking at us like we had two heads when we blew by them when they were having difficulty just walking their own bodies up the hill. Oh, and yes, the girls won. They Cheated!
Four outdoor play areas. Two of the play areas are so large that either one by itself could meet the code requirements for playground space for the entire capacity of the Center. The one play area has a riding track and climbing equipment and the other large play area has a huge open area for organized sports and has two basketball hoops. Babies and Toddlers have their own play area separate from the other play areas to reduce risk of injury from the older children.
Include full days off school for all school age children at no additional charge.
Educationally Based Program: Four Degreed Teachers and plus a Director with Undergraduate and Masters Degrees.
We incorporate a great deal of music into our classroom programs. We have over two-hundred children's music and educational CD's in our Center which are used regularly in each classroom.
We video and take pictures of the children and edit the footage into DVDs which we distribute to all the Parents, Grandparents and Relatives free of charge. In this way you can see what goes on at the Center and it is also a very nice memento for the children. We are currently finishing up Videos 43, 44 and 45, which is nearly six hours of edited video to cover all of last year (that is 45 two-hour videos we have edited and duplicated for the parents and children of the Center).
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Whales Snails and Puppy Dog Tails is located in Etters, PA. We are off Exit #32, the Newberrytown Exit of Route 83 and we serve children in Newberrytown, Etters, Lewisberry, Fishing Creek, New Cumberland, Dover, York Haven, Manchester, Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill, PA.