New childcare facility in Exeter looks toward November opening
Exeter area parents will soon have another option for daycare, preschool, and before- and after-school care. The Morgan School, a 6,000-square foot childcare facility on Perkiomen Avenue is now enrolling students for the current year.
The Morgan School will host a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce and local dignitaries on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m., and classes will begin in early November, according to owner Yuki Morgan, of Exeter.
Just beyond the Lincoln Road intersection on 422 East, The Morgan School’s mission is “to provide a secure, friendly, clean, honest and rich educational program for our kids early in life so they have foundations for a seamless transition into kindergarten and become productive adults in our society,” according to The Morgan School’s website.
“We want to make sure we prepare these kids so that they succeed,” Morgan said.
The plan is to have the classroom teachers collaborate in order to maintain a continuity of curriculum, with the teachers in the older classrooms guiding those in the younger classrooms.
To further this aim, Morgan said the pre-K teacher, who has a Masters degree in education, will serve as a “bridge” to the Exeter Township School District.
“[We want her] to have a relationship with the kindergarten teachers, to get a better sense for the curriculum that is being taught, so she can start incorporating it, and then provide best practices to the teachers on site,” Morgan said. “Everyone will be learning from each other, so the infant room will be learning from the younger toddler teacher; the younger toddler teacher will be learning from the older toddler teacher; the older toddler will be learning from the preschool; preschool from the pre-K and so on and so forth.”
The Morgan School will also offer before- and after-school programs for school-aged children, and will provided busing to and from Lorane Elementary School.
The six classrooms at The Morgan School will each have two to three teachers per room. Currently, the school is still hiring for several positions, including assistant director, teachers, and cook.
The school offers full-day programs for children as young as 6 weeks, through 5 years. In addition to the amenities you would expect to find at a childcare facility, like an indoor play area, The Morgan School will also offer students indoor play areas and a very large outdoor play area, including a Nook play structure for younger children, a Playsense Design structure for older children, a grassy open space, and an area for outdoor gardening.
“Once the cold weather passes, we plan to utilize 7-foot by 60-foot outdoor area for planter boxes that will house a variety of plants,” Assistant Director Jacquelynn Alicea said. “Gardening provides children the opportunity for hands on learning and the opportunity to develop skills of responsibility (caring for plants), understanding (cause and effect), self-confidence (achieving a goal), cooperation, physical activity, love of nature, nutrition and scientific discoveries.”
Continuing in the school’s spirit of cooperation and collaboration, The Morgan School also plans to implement a Grandparents’ Reading Circle, and a tutoring program for school-aged children.
“The Grandparents’ Reading Circle gives seniors within our community, an opportunity to be part of their grandkids’ lives, or [if their grandchildren are not students at the school,] a renewed sense of purpose giving back to the community through reading and story telling,” Morgan said. “This will be an ongoing relationship for them to sign up and come to our center. Grandparents would need their clearances in order to participate.”
As for the tutoring program, Morgan seems especially proud of her partnership with the National Honors Society students at Exeter Township High School.
“In the school-aged room, we will be bringing in the NHS kids not only mentor to these kids but also to help them with their homework,” Morgan said. “The other thing it’s doing, too, is it’s validating for these National Honors Society kids, who want to go into that early childhood education field, it’s confirming that this is something they really want to do.”
The building is completed, the classrooms are ready, and enrollment has begun. All that needs to happen now is the issuance of an occupancy permit.
“Most likely the first week in November,” Morgan said. “Just waiting on the state [to issue an] occupancy permit, to give us the go ahead and open to the public.”
The building was completed by DB Elite Construction Group, and Morgan said she couldn’t be happier with the final result.
“The builders did a great job. My vision is a reality with it,” she said.