Our Team

About Us & 

The Walnut Woods Difference

We’re not your average childcare center. Backed by over 170 years in children’s ministries, staffed with an exemplary team of educators who’ve earned a Keystone STARS rating and situated on an idyllic campus with room to explore, we provide an excellent value far beyond the cost.

 

Our Story

 

Once upon a time a long time church parishioner, Jack Baker, wanted to help ensure a bright future for East Union Presbyterian Church. He lovingly collected walnut seeds from Deer Lakes Park and planted them on the church property with the hope that they would grow and provide an income for the church, should it ever be in need. Thankfully, these trees have thrived, as has the church. We now enjoy the beauty of over 100 strong walnut trees and the thoughtful intention behind them.

 

We approach childcare the same way, with the loving intent to help nurture and grow your children through well-researched, age-based stimulation and learning opportunities. We walk with you and your family every step of your journey as we prepare your child for school and beyond – all through a nurturing environment founded on the fruit of the spirit.

 

Our Organizational Philosophy

 

Since children learn to trust and gain confidence when their physical and emotional needs are met in a consistent, loving atmosphere, our goal is to help develop the whole child: spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. To that end:

  • We offer learning experiences that enable creativity and self-expression

  • We provide a safe environment that offers comfort and care for children; meeting their development needs in a visually appealing, clean and inviting atmosphere.

Our Team

A five member Voluntary Advisory Board (VAB) oversees our educators. This board is composed of a Pastor, the Walnut Woods Childcare Director, a Session member, a congregation member and an attending parent. Our educators are all experienced early childhood teachers with up-to-date clearances and a passion for working with children.

Full Name

Walnut Woods Childcare Director

Mrs. Executive Director brings over 20 years of experience in early childhood education to Walnut Woods Childcare. Previously serving as Executive Director at ABC Childcare, she specializes in early literacy, and enjoys introducing the children to many of her favorite authors, through fun and innovative approaches like puppet shows and singalongs. Mrs. Director earned her Master’s of Early Childhood Education at the University of Pittsburgh and has authored several articles on effective literacy teaching techniques. She lives with her husband and two young children in West Deer and loves to bake and read in her free time.

Full Name

Walnut Woods Childcare Director

Mrs. Executive Director brings over 20 years of experience in early childhood education to Walnut Woods Childcare. Previously serving as Executive Director at ABC Childcare, she specializes in early literacy, and enjoys introducing the children to many of her favorite authors, through fun and innovative approaches like puppet shows and singalongs. Mrs. Director earned her Master’s of Early Childhood Education at the University of Pittsburgh and has authored several articles on effective literacy teaching techniques. She lives with her husband and two young children in West Deer and loves to bake and read in her free time.