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408 East Main Street, Dallastown, Pennsylvania 17313, United States
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Caterpillar Lane Preschool

Welcome to Caterpillar Lane Preschool in Dallastown

Learn More About Our Daycare in Dallastown

An Early Learning Family

During the preschool years, children thrive in a nurturing, supportive and predictable educational environment.  The intimate nature of home-based  childcare promotes a sense of stability and belonging. At Caterpillar Lane, students  learn, play and grow through our kindergarten-ready program, working directly with Mrs. Laura and a small  group of peers from enrollment to graduation.  Children regularly engage in  team building activities and positive self-image exercises  to build  and strengthen friendships while promoting confidence and a positive self-image.  Call or email now to learn more about our early learning family. 

A One of a Kind Experience

Caterpillar Lane's full-day child care and preschool program offers a unique combination of challenging curricula, small class sizes, mixed-age groups, and one-on-one teacher-student instruction in a cozy home environment.  We integrate the latest in early educational technology with daily reports, menus and school calendar sent right to parent's phones. Curriculum blends elements from Reggio Amelia, Montessori, the Project Approach,  and modern constructivism with both  student and teacher-directed activities. Students work directly with Mrs. Laura their entire time at Caterpillar Lane instead of switching classrooms and instructors each year. as they may do in a larger child care center setting. 

Give Yourself the Gift of Peace of Mind

 At Caterpillar Lane we value the voices of our parents and families. We are committed to promoting happy hearts, healthy bodies and growing minds in each of our students and this means partnering with families to find the right fit  for each child. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind  knowing your child's emotional well being, nutrition and developmental progress are  well cared for. 

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Services

  • Full-day childcare paired with integrated preschool program and kindergarten-ready curriculum
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and two snacks included with tuition at no additional cost
  • Stay connected with daily reports,  learning objectives, class activities, menus and calendar events accessible right from your phone or PC via your child's brightwheel account
  • Enjoy digital  student sign-in and sign-out and receive alerts to your phone when approved persons sign your child in or out of care


Promotions

As our gift to you, when you register with our Daycare in Dallastown, your child will receive a Caterpillar Lane Preschool welcome pack including backpack, rest mat, t-shirt ,and school journal!


Testimonials

"Miss Laura is fantastic with the children! Their education and learning is her top priority while creating a fun and joyful environment. I would recommend Caterpillar Lane to anyone seeking a nurturing, fun filled and safe place for their Child to learn and grow." -Addie H. 


" I honestly do not think you could find a better care giver for your child!
Miss Laura is intelligent, compassionate, loving, dependable, and full of energy. This is not your average in-home babysitter. Laura runs her business just as you would find at a daycare center. The children have a schedule which consists of play, music, learning, art and much more in a comfortable, family-like setting. Laura uses technology to keep parents' minds at ease by updating children's activities, sleeping habits, and eating habits throughout the day. She consistently stays up-to-date with learning theories and incorporates this knowledge into her daily schedule. She educates and encourages parent involvement at home which is complimentary to what the children are learning during the day. (But don't worry, it's not mandatory because life is busy and I do not get around to it much... even if I have the best intentions!)
    She accommodates parent's wishes to the best of her ability (from dietary to discipline). Before we found Laura, we went through two at-home sitters and three day cares. I am picky when it comes to my children and could not be happier! " -Cortney D. 


" Laura was the first person outside of my family that I ever trusted leaving my son with. Laura has been nothing but patient, kind, and encouraging throughout the time I have known her. My son has grown so much and has gained a wealth of knowledge through Laura's lessons and play. She has never made me feel like my child was a problem, instead she would keep the lines of communication open and always try to figure out what may be causing any behavior issues and how we could solve them as a team. I was heartbroken when I had to pull my son out of her care so that he could begin kindergarten this year. I would highly recommend Caterpillar Lane especially to anyone who is having to put their child in daycare for the first time. " -Alexis  H. 


" After being very unhappy at a previous daycare center, I was incredibly pleased to find Miss Laura! My son receives a loving, nurturing and educational environment. Miss Laura is patient, kind and I have seen my son take great strives in his language and communication skills. He loves telling me all about the fun stuff they did during the day!! " -Christina S. 


" As a Grandparent it's amazing how much time, imagination and learning is accomplished each day from such a gifted teacher. Thank you Ms. Laura, for all you do daily. " -Linda E. 


" I switched to Caterpillar Lane after leaving another child care center feeling disappointed with the level of care and attention my daughter was getting. I knew Mrs. Laura would be a great fit for our family right away at our initial meeting. She was warm, welcoming and professional. Most importantly it was clear that she was passionate about what she does. It was very refreshing having come from a center where many of the caretakers and teachers seemed uninterested and short-tempered. Mrs. Laura has extensive training and education in Early Childhood Education which really appealed to me. Her home-based center offered a small, group-setting where my daughter could socialize with other children while still getting one-on-one attention. We were sad to leave when my husband was transferred out-of-state! I highly recommend Caterpillar Lane! " -Sarah M. 


" We found Caterpillar Lane through Child Care Consultants after our daughter had an unfortunate incident with another daycare. From the very first meeting, my husband and I felt very welcome and comfortable with Ms. Laura. Our daughter is thriving from more individualized attention, and it shows daily everything she is learning. She is always happy at the end of the day, and I never have to worry about her safety and well being. I love the updates on Facebook and the brightwheel app throughout the day, and it really makes us feel connected while we’re at work. We are very grateful for Ms. Laura and everything she does for our daughter!!" -Rachel S. 



Meet Mrs. Laura

Credentials

  • Senior-level graduate student in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Arizona State University including training in child development, ECE curriculum development and assessment, instructional methods, emergent and integrated literacy, child guidance, mathematics in ECE and  research and evaluation in ECE. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from  the University of Maryland
  • Associates of Arts from the Community College of Baltimore County
  • Licensed family child care provider in the state of Pennsylvania since 2013
  • Certified in adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid
  • Recognized by the PA Keys STARS program for high level of education and training; joining the initiative for building high quality ECE programs in PA
  • Recipient of the Rising STARS grant for continuing education
  • Ongoing training in Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies including: child growth and development; the environment, curriculum and content; families in society; child assessment; communication; professionalism and leadership; health, safety and nutrition; and program organization and administration.