Learning Through Play at Early Years Child Care Center

By Marianne Reid Anderson

Early Years has been taking care of children in the North Hills for 25 years. Early Years is family-owned and operated with four child care center locations: Alisson Park, Butler, Gibsonia and Ross Township.

“Having four locations spread out across the northern area, enables us to keep classes small so that each child receives individualized attention while providing convenient access to working parents”, explains Maureen Bergdahl, owner of Early Years.

Early Years accepts children from six weeks old through the third grade. The children are separated by age groups so the daily programs are structured for the correct level of play, learning and interaction.

“For example”, continues Ms. Bergdahl, “with our Toddlers and Pre-K groups, we prepare your child for kindergarten with ‘learning through play’ where fun games and creative activities are used to teach the fundamentals a child needs to know to ensure success in elementary school. The children have so much fun they do not even realize they are learning.”

In addition to their services for younger children, Early Years has worked with the University of Pittsburgh Child Development Office to develop School Age Summer Camp Programs which include Space Exploration; Restaurant Day where children design, plan and operate their own restaurant; Puppet Making where children write a play, create puppets for a performance; Plant and Maintain a Garden where children learn about how plants grow, how insects help and even how to recycle water, plus much more.

At Early Years, the staff is dedicated to providing fun and interesting learning and activities in a safe enveironmnet.

To learn more about Early Years and their services, schedule a tour or to register for their School Age Summer Camp Programs, visit www.earlyyearsinc.com.