Above, these preschoolers went on a listening walk. After they listened to the sounds around them, they sat down to draw and write about what they heard. Below, this toddler is learning about colors. He mixed blue and red to make purple.
Please welcome Karla Smallwood and Rachel Moser to DCDC!

Karla was born and raised in Southeast Kansas, and recently moved to PA. She has worked the past 16 years as a teacher and coach in Southeast Kansas.

She loves to cook and enjoys black and white photography. She also enjoys watching Penn State Football and the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball. She has two children, Andrew, 23 and Aime, 21, plus a furbaby named Bud.
Rachel grew up about an hour north of Philadelphia. She moved to Shamokin in 2014. She is happily married and has a step son, Bryson. She has 2 dogs, Rocky Beau and Arwyn Luna. She also has 5 cats, Zinc Isiah, Neyveah Tilleen, Oreo Cookie, Gamora Grace and Captain America. 

Some of her hobbies include going to amusement parks, reading, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. Right now she is really into making wreaths and other décor items. 
  • October 25th- Preschool on Bloom Rd Closed, SACK open
  • October 31st- DCDC's annual Preschool Trunk or Treat. Costume Parade for all at 10:00.
  • November 5th- Bloom Rd closing at 5:30 pm
  • November 6th- Wall St closing at 5:30 pm
  • November 27th- Preschool on Bloom Rd closed, SACK open
  • November 28th & 29th- All DCDC programs closed
  • December 2nd- Preschool on Bloom Rd closed, SACK open
  • Want to know what else is going on around the region? Check out the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau's calendar!

  • LOOKING AHEAD: Preschool on Bloom Rd will also be closed December 23rd through January 1st. All DCDC programs will be closed December 24th & 25th and January 1st. DCDC program will close at 4:30 pm on December 31st.
Creative Art

Look at all the art work our students do throughout their time here at DCDC. You may wonder why are there so many art activities or free play time. Well, the answer is quite easy. Creative art activities can help children in all areas of development. Here are some ways that art activities can support young children’s development.

Physical Development
When child care providers offer art activities, they are supporting children’s large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Using crayons, markers, and paintbrushes helps children practice the fine motor control they will need for writing later on.

Social Development
When children work together in the art area, they learn to share, to interact with others, to be responsible for cleanup, and to put materials away. These are positive and important changes for social learning.

Cognitive Development
Young children can learn the names of colors and shapes through creative art activities. They find out what happens when they mix two primary colors together and get a secondary color. Sending older children outside to carefully examine a tree, feel its bark, and study the shape and color of its leaves, and then asking them to draw or paint trees helps them develop observational skills needed for science.

Emotional Development
Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalize. They may draw pictures out of proportion, exaggerating things that are important to them. When we value children’s creativity, we help them feel valued as people, raising their self-esteem.

Imagination and Experimentation
Children’s active imaginations can take form through art. For example, Gene wonders what will happen if he uses three paintbrushes at one time. He asks his teacher to help him tie a rubber band around three paintbrushes. Through active experimentation, he invents a new way to paint. Although tying three paintbrushes together may not be earthshaking, Gene is learning skills that could help him invent something new when he grows up.

One of the best ways DCDC encourages creativity in young children is offering time for free exploration and play. Teachers provide materials that foster creativity, such as costumes, various art materials, and open ended activities. Teachers get to watch budding actors, artists, and musicians in their classroom.
NAEYC Accreditation

DCDC has been NAEYC Accredited since 2000, that's 19 years of dedicated hard work from our staff and teachers. DCDC is also the only center in Montour County that has their NAEYC Accreditation. Why do we do it? Because we want families to know we are committed to giving them and their children access to high quality programming.

There are 10 Standards in NAEYC accreditation and within each of those standards there are indicators that programs must meet to be accredited. The Standard are:

Standard 1: Relationships
The program promotes positive relationships among all children and adults. It encourages each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and fosters each child’s ability to contribute as a responsible community member.

Warm, sensitive, and responsive relationships help children feel secure. The safe and secure environments built by positive relationships help children thrive physically, benefit from learning experiences, and cooperate and get along with others. 

To learn more about each of the standards please click here .
It's cold and flu season, help us take all the precautions we can to stop the spread of germs. Please keep your child home if they are sick, click here for our illness policy.

Please drop off a copy of your child's immunizations once they receive their flu shot for this season so we can stay up to date.

Please wash your child's hands upon arrival to school. Help us in teaching students to cover their cough and to sneeze into their elbow.

Thanks to all the families that came for the Family Fun Night. We had lots of great fun!
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