Diamond Street Early Childhood Center

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood Education - (Birth - 5th grade) Programs: Child care, Full-day and Half-day pre-k, kindergarten, before and after-school age program and summer camp

Mission: DSECC's ministry is to provide nurturing, safe, educational childcare that emphasizes the worth and uniqueness of each child, in a Christian environment consistent with the Anabaptist mission of Akron Mennonite Church.

What a cute way for our beginning readers to practice their skills!

If we know one thing about cats, its that they love and crave attention. To help keep our kittens and cats socialized while they're here, we started our Rescue Readers program.

Over the weekend from 11am-3pm, kids from the ages of 4 to 13 years old can come read to our cats. This is a great way for your child to boost their reading skills. It can also help boost their reading confidence because our cats won't judge their reading skills.

You can find more information about this program here, https://humanepa.org/volunteer-options/rescue-readers/ Call the front desk to set up an appointment!

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Parents, any time your child has a well-child check-up or immunization, you should have the doctor complete a Child Health Report. These forms can be found in the drawer below the check-in computer or in the office and should be returned to the office promptly so we can update your child's health record. Children older than 2 years need at least one Child Health Report with vaccination record on file per calendar year. Children younger than 2 years need 2 Child Health Reports with vaccination record per calendar year.

Current parents, 2019 tax statements have been distributed! Please check your child's mail pocket/cubby for this and other important papers. (Former parents, yours has been mailed.)

Your tax preparer will need this statement, as well as our tax ID, which is located on the top right-hand corner of the paper.

If you have any questions about your statement, or if you need a second copy, just ask Kim in the office.

Miss Kelly, our Swans teacher, has exciting news! She has been chosen to be on Toyota's MakeUp2Mud, a segment that highlights women in the sport of motocross! This year they are focusing on women who have helped promote the sport in some way, even if they don't ride. And since Miss Kelly wrote a children's book in 2017 about motocross called A Day at the Track, she was a perfect fit!

A film crew came to the center in November to film Miss Kelly in action in her classroom, and the Swans had a great time learning about motocross and interacting with the crew. Enjoy these photos from the film shoot and please tune in to see the segment which will air this Saturday, January 11th, sometime during the Supercross race on NBC which starts at 8pm!

Diamond Street is open regular hours today (Wednesday, 1/8). However, the following programs are affected by Ephrata Area School District (EASD)'s 2 hour delay.

Eagles (School Age) will be at the center until about 10:30 this morning. We will then get them to school.

Owls (Kindergarten) will be operating on a modified schedule. If your child is enrolled in before and/or after care, we will get your child to school at the correct time and pick them up at the correct time. You may pick up your child at the center at your normal pick-up time.

Orioles (Pre K Counts) will operate 11:00 am - 3:00 pm today. If your PKC child is enrolled in before PKC care you may drop him/her off at your regular time and we will have care for him/her until the PKC class starts at 11:00 am.

ALL OTHER CLASSES: At this time all other classes are operating on a normal schedule.

Please check your text messages, email, our page, and the Happenings section of our website for any further changes.

Thank you for understanding. If you have any questions please call 717-859-4272 during normal business hours.

Cardinals are watching it snow! ❄

Do you know a teacher or administrator who deserves to be called an All-Star? Consider nominating them! Ten winners will be chosen by a specially selected panel. Winners and their nominators will participate in an on-field awards ceremony prior to the Phillies game on Wednesday, May 13 and both will receive two free game tickets. Nominations must be received no later than 4:59pm on Friday, March 13.

Winter Weather Delays/Closures: In the event that Diamond Street needs to close, delay opening, or dismiss early due to the weather (or any other reason), we will post the details here on our page and also on our website "Happening" page. We will also send an email and text to parents. Please be sure to keep us informed if your email address, cell number, or cell phone carrier has changed and check our page and website "Happening" page often because texts may not go through!


Each December, Miss Kim repurposes old Christmas cards into tags for the Giving Tree. She used up all of her cards this past Christmas and is in need of more for next year! If you have any Christmas cards that do not have writing on the back and have designs on the front that would make cute tags, please consider bringing them in to the office instead of throwing them away! Thanks!

Some inspiration for this long, cold month!

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center's cover photo

Mr. Fox with Cardinals

Mr. Fox,Mr. Fox what time is it? Fun with Cardinals!

Singing Bluebirds!

Bluebirds having fun singing!

Ephrata Area SD

Have a child who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020? If so, plan to attend the EASD annual Kindergarten Expo on Tuesday, February 18 to learn about the registration process, before/after school care, and much more!

I don’t know if you feel the same way, but January is probably my least favorite month. All the fun holidays are over, the weather is mostly cold and miserable, the days are so short, and the month seems to last forever! Here are some ways we “warmed” hearts at Diamond Street in recent weeks, maybe they will warm yours.

- Our week-long free Toy Exchange was a big hit again this year! We had many toys and books donated and numerous parents benefited by being able to “shop” for free!
- We went caroling down Dawn Avenue and serenaded our neighbors, then enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies in the Big Room.
- Santa Claus joined us during our parent Holiday Celebration where the families made gingerbread houses and Santa read a story to the children.
- We baked cookies and made Christmas cards for our service people, delivery people, and the AMC staff.
- We held Spirit Days where we donned Santa hats, Christmas socks, reindeer gear, pajamas and more.
- Our Giving Tree gifts were distributed to the recipients. Thank you to all the generous gift givers!
- We provided donated treats and drinks to the parents of our kiddos on the last day of school to thank them for their business and their trust in us.

We hope you all have a very happy New Year and that you and yours enjoy a safe, happy, and healthy 2020!


Diamond Street Digest - January 2020

Did you catch the January 2020 issue of Diamond Street Digest? If not, you can read it here!


Happy Birthday to all of our students and staff celebrating January birthdays!

January 1 - Kieran B. - Eagles
January 4 - Aeron H. - Hummingbirds
January 6 - Miss Stephanie
January 12 - Sarafina Z. - Swans
January 13 - Bennett W. - Hummingbirds
January 14 - Jaxon K. - Hummingbirds
January 21 - Jesda M. - Warblers
January 22 - Ryan J. - Robins
January 24 - Aariana K. - Swans
January 25 - Jacob B. - Hummingbirds
January 25 - Miss Michelle
January 29 - Aubree J. - Owls
January 29 - Ian S. - Eagles
January 30 - Madelynn B. - Swans
January 31 - Miss Brenda

Cookie decorating with the hummingbirds and cardinals!

Twiggles wrapped up all of his fun before Christmas in the Cardinal room

Reminder: DSECC is CLOSED from Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1st. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd. We hope all of you enjoy the holidays with your families!

Merry Christmas from the preschoolers.

The Robins had a great day. They got to open up presents for the room and had so much fun playing with them. Thanks to the parents that got these cool toys!!!

Naughty or Nice? Happy grinch day!

Such a fun time at the holiday celebration on Wednesday night!

Reminder: December 23 Ephrata School District is closed.
No Orioles (Pre-K Counts) this day. Owls (Care for Kindergarten) and Eagles (School-Age) will spend this day at Diamond Street.

Everyday they help each other get ready for nap time!

Our adorable baby reindeer twins

The Robins favorite part of their day is asking Ms. Amy what we are having for lunch!!!

Santa babies

The Cardinals friend Twiggles has been up to some crazy stuff before Christmas, with only a few days left we aren't sure what else could happen!

Tomorrow, December 18, is our Holiday Celebration from 6:15 - 7:15pm. Come with your children to enjoy some Christmas-themed stations including gingerbread house-making, a stocking craft, and a visit from Santa! Thank you to all who already RSVPed. If you haven't yet RSVPed you may still attend, however please let Kim in the office know today so we have enough supplies!

There's still time to make a teacher's wish come true this Christmas! There are still lots of tags on our Giving Tree. Thanks to all who already brought in gifts!

The certification representative who approves DSECC's annual inspection informed us recently that any family who refuses the influenza vaccine for their child must submit a handwritten justification as to why the vaccine was not administered. If this applies to you, please submit a handwritten statement as to your reasons to the office ASAP. Thank you!

December 16 - 23 we will celebrate center-wide Spirit Days. Let's have a little fun the last days of school before break!

Monday 12/16 - Santa Hat Day
Tuesday 12/17 - Red & Green Day
Wednesday 12/18 - Christmas Socks Day
Thursday 12/19 - Reindeer Day
Friday 12/20 - Grinch Day
Monday 12/23 - Pajama Day

Christmas caroling

Look how many carolers went out today! Our neighbors along Dawn Avenue were very entertained!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

The Cardinals had a great time Caroling!


All of us will go Christmas caroling tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, at 9:30am, weather permitting.* We will bundle up the children and serenade our neighbors along Dawn Avenue. Afterwards, we will return to the center to warm up and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. If you'd like to join us and lend your voice to our choir, please meet in the Big Room at 9:30am tomorrow morning!

*Bad Weather Date is Tuesday, December 17.

Tomorrow, December 11, Ephrata School District is dismissed at noon. Orioles (Pre-K Counts) will need to be picked up at noon, unless your child is normally here after school. Owls (Care for Kindergarten) and Eagles (School-Age) will spend the afternoon at Diamond Street.

The Cardinals made snowflakes and made a classroom Christmas tree today!

STAFF BIO - Amy Marie Swope
Lead Teacher - Warblers

Amy Swope started working at Diamond Street in June 2019. Her job is to care for and teach the infants to one-year-olds in the Warbler or “baby” room.

Miss Amy obtained her Associate’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from HACC. She is engaged and has 2 daughters, Alexandra and Ava, both of whom attend DSECC. She and her family live in Ephrata with their dog.

When Amy’s not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, spending time with her family and listening to music.

Her favorite part of working at Diamond Street is getting to know all of the children and watching them grow and learn each day. She hopes to one day earn a Bachelor’s degree and teach elementary school.

We appreciate Miss Amy’s work with our littlest children and know that the babies and their families love her!

Marble painting with the hummingbirds!

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center's cover photo

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Videos (show all)

Mr. Fox with Cardinals
Singing Bluebirds!
The Cardinals had a great time Caroling!
Christmas Caroling Practice




1311 Diamond St, Ste A
Akron, PA

Opening Hours

Monday 06:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 06:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 06:30 - 18:00
Thursday 06:30 - 18:00
Friday 06:30 - 18:00
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