Diamond Street Early Childhood Center

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center


Ready to go caroling!
your place is awesome! i don't know if the cardinals or whatever groups are there write stories but here are two great ideas : if you were small for a whole day what would you do and why. if you were rich for a whole day what would you do and why.
Michael loves the new "gyms" in the Warbler room!
thanks so much for washing my car! your class rocks! i especially liked the two Pokemon shirts the two boys were wearing, and the descendants shirt the blonde girl was wearing was out of this world! god bless diamond street!
To ask the wonderful teachers... thank you
The kids all had a great time!!

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.

This little guy is very knowledgeable when it comes to all things electrical. He figured out how to connect all these components by himself! Way to go! Thanks to the Art. Of. Recycle for donating the kit.

I love his smile when he gets it to work! The kids really enjoyed figuring put how to connect the pieces.

What a fun week! Science experiments galore!

As the Cardinals explore Boats with things that go we had a family donate large boxes allowing so many friends to have fun. We used many different types of paddles 😂

Celebrating Dr. Seuss this week in the Hummingbird Room!

Enjoy some behind-the-scenes shots of picture days. Saw a few tears but mostly saw lots of smiles! Tomorrow morning is the last session of the season. If you’d like to view/order pictures, stop into the Big Room today or tomorrow between 3:00 and 6:00pm. If you can’t make that, email Kim and she’ll have the photographer send you a link.

Preschool experiment week

The Robins have been talking about pets. We now have a class full of puppies!!

Happy Friday from the warblers

Throwing it back to last week when two Robins had fun with their imagination right before nap time.

Spring pictures happen February 24-26. Your child's pictures will be taken on one of these dates. Please see your child's teacher for the exact date. When you pick up your child that same day, you will use an iPad to see the photos, place your order, and make your payment. Please be prepared to spend a few extra minutes at pick-up to view and order your photos if possible. If you are unable to view the photos that day, you simply provide your email address to the photographer or Kim in the office, and a link will be emailed to you.

The Cardinals were having fun with googily eyes...and we did some writing 🤗❤

Our Cardinals have a blast every time we sing this song!

Music with Miss Sandi

STAFF BIO -Kanha Mack
Assistant Teacher - Warblers

Kanha Mack is a full-time Assistant Teacher in our Warbler room where she takes care of and teaches babies aged 6 weeks to one year. She was hired in June 2019.

Kanha has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Norton University in Cambodia, where she is originally from. She also has a diploma of Child Evangelism Fellowship from Children’s Ministries Institute, also located in Cambodia.

She currently lives in Akron with her husband and son, Jesda, who attends Diamond Street. When she’s not working she likes to cook, fish, and spend time with her family. One fun fact about Kanha is she is afraid of worms and frogs!

She says she enjoys playing with the babies at Diamond Street, seeing them smile and learn new things each day. We love that she fits right in here and we are so happy to have her working with our littlest kiddos!

Happy Valentines Day from the preschoolers!!

The Hummingbirds had a great Valentine’s Day!

The Robins enjoyed a day of fun Valentine activities!!

Happy Friday and happy valentine's day from the warblers

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Valentine’s Day fun tonight! Thanks to all who came out.

Reminder - Ephrata School District is closed tomorrow (2/14) and Monday (2/17) for President's Day. That means there will be no Orioles (Pre-K Counts) class on those days. Owls (Care for Kindergarten) and Eagles (School-Age) will spend the day at Diamond Street.

Preschool cuties!

The Cardinals had a fun day making Valentine's and bubble art!

Tomorrow evening is our Family Valentine Celebration from 6:30pm - 7:30pm! The highlight of the event will be a photo "booth" with a holiday backdrop. Other activities include making paper valentines, a valentine tree painting, a snack mix and a valentine story. We asked that you RSVP by 2/7 but if you didn't and want to come, please let us know so we can make sure we have enough supplies!

Each month, we will feature a few items that the center could use. If you'd like to donate any wish list items, please drop them off in the office and be sure to leave a note with your name, so we can send you a thank you!

Boxes of tissues, no lotions or scents
Individually wrapped rolls of 2-ply toilet paper
Reams of white copy/printer paper
Reams of colored copy/printer paper – any color
9" x 12” construction paper, any color

Your donations mean we have to purchase fewer supplies and help us stretch our funds! You can find our full wish list on Amazon at http://a.co/9jFMeHP or by searching for Diamond Street.

Traditional Box Tops are being phased out of production, but you can still bring in any remaining unexpired Box Tops. Every valid Box Top is worth 10¢ for DSECC. They don't need to be clipped perfectly; just make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and expiration date. There's a collection box under the check-in station.

Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. Please do not bring in the new labels. If you see the scan label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Scanned Box Tops are still worth 10¢ for Diamond Street. It's easier than clipping - the app will find participating products instantly and add cash to our earnings online! Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWuXDKejVEg&feature=youtu.be to watch a brief how-to video.

Visit www.boxtops4education.com for more info.

Happy Friday from the warblers

Exploring in the hummingbird room!

The Cardinals had a busy week this week. The rain couldn't keep us down!

We ask all adults who pick up a child from the center to please bring your photo ID with you each day (or at least have it available in your car if needed). Our teachers get sick sometimes and when they do, a substitute or other staff person who might not recognize you may be in charge of your child. We want to make sure all children go home with an approved pick-up person so please don't be offended if we ask to see your ID. We are required to verify your identity if we do not personally recognize you. Thanks so much for understanding.

Parents, nap items should be taken home to be washed on a weekly basis at minimum. Please help us reduce the spread of germs during the winter when illnesses can spread quickly!

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center's cover photo

All smiles when your sitting among friends!!

Happy birthday to all of our students and staff celebrating February birthdays!

February 6 - Gage K. - Orioles
February 7 - Oliver B. - Cardinals
February 9 - Julia S. - Swans
February 9 - Shane W. - Owls
February 13 - Miss Ruthie
February 14 - Clarity S. - Eagles
February 18 - Olive W. - Cardinals
February 18 - Aydenn N. - Owls
February 20 - Daxton B. - Orioles
February 25 - Cecily H. - Bluebirds
February 27 - Ava S. - Robins
February 28 - Jaxson W. - Robins

Some silliness from the school age kids!

Parents, 2019 tax statements were distributed last month. Please check your child's mail pocket for this and other important papers. If you need another statement, please let Kim know.

Marble heart painting with the hummingbirds!

It's paperwork time again! (The state requires us to do this a minimum of twice each year.) Please stop into the office sometime during the month of February to fill out and sign your child's spring forms. (Unfortunately we can't scan them to you, nor can we send them home.) If there is no one in the office when you typically drop off or pick up, please email Kim to schedule a time that works for both of you.

When it comes to holidays and special events, February is a busy month at Diamond Street! There’s Groundhog Day, of course. Will he see his shadow or will spring be here soon? There’s also the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day, just to name a few. Let’s just say the kids will have lots of special days to celebrate and fun activities to do this month!

February is also the time when we start to think about our spring Friendship Concert. This year’s date is Wednesday, April 15. Please mark your calendars and let grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends know! We invite all of you to join us that evening as our kiddos sing their hearts out and you have a chance to participate in a fun silent auction. If you have any handcrafted items you’d like to donate, or you’re willing to create a themed gift basket, or even if you have something amazing that’s new or like new just sitting in a closet and you want to donate it, let us know! You can request an in-kind donation form in the office. Please provide a completed form with each item or gift basket donated. And stay tuned for further information on the event coming soon!

Finally, parents, be sure to stay tuned for important items about spring picture days, spring paperwork, bringing photo IDs, and more!


Diamond Street Digest - February 2020

Enjoy the February Diamond Street Digest!


Some of the Robins also have their own prediction on who is winning the big game.

We have been taking about the Super Bowl in the Robin room. We even know who is playing!

Happy Friday from the warblers

Parents, on your 2019-2020 family calendar, Wednesday 2/5/20 was marked as a half day for EASD. We have recently learned that has changed. That is now a normal day for EASD students. Therefore, Orioles (Pre-K Counts) will be in session from 9-3 on 2/5, and Owls (kindergarten) and Eagles (school-age) students will have a normal day. Please call the office with any questions.

The Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP) meeting listed on the Family Calendar for this Thursday, 1/30/2020, is cancelled. The next scheduled PTP meeting is April 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm, however we may add another in February or March. Please watch your emails and our page for updates.
Thanks for understanding.

Who Are We?

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center (DSECC) is a non-profit school that enables families to be successful. Our programs provide a strong foundation of education for children in their most critical years while providing convenient childcare for working families. We also offer scholarships for families in need. Our Mission

DSECC’s mission is to provide nurturing, safe, educational childcare that emphasizes the worth and uniqueness of each child, in a Christian atmosphere that promotes peaceful resolution, tolerance, and service which is consistent with the Anabaptist mission of Akron Mennonite Church.

Our History

1969 - A group of mothers from Akron Mennonite Church started a mom and child preschool time.

1970 - The preschool opened to the public with 15 students and was named Diamond Street Pre-School.

1988 - In response to parent requests, a daycare center was opened and continues to operate in the church.

1997 - An after-school program was opened and the name of the center was changed to Diamond Street Early Childhood Center (DSECC).

2001 - DSECC opened a full-day, five-day-a-week private registered Kindergarten. This program works in conjunction with the before and after-school program.

2002 -DSECC became separately incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. It remains a mission of Akron Mennonite Church, but operates with a Board of Directors that includes church, parent, and community representatives.

2004 - DSECC added Spanish instruction and also began participating in the International Visitor Exchange Program sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee, which brings teachers from other countries to DSECC. These endeavors plant seeds of peace and help children celebrate diversity.

2008 - DSECC earned a Keystone STAR 4 rating for its high quality program.

2011 - DSECC opened a new site for Kindergarten and school-age children at 105 N. 11th Street in Akron.

2012 - DSECC started a program, Early Childhood Innovative Connections, to bring independent Early Childhood Education programs together to find ways to share administrative services.

2013 - DSECC earned NAEYC accreditation.

2016 - DSECC expanded our classrooms at the Diamond Street location and moved our Kindergarten and school-age programs back so that all our classes are under one roof. We were also approved to house a state-funded Pre-K Counts classroom.

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Videos (show all)

Our Cardinals have a blast every time we sing this song!
Two preschoolers duscussing electricity; love to see them trying to figure things out!
An explanation of flight by a preschooler!




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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