About Us

The Parent & Preschool Center is a ministry started as an outgrowth of a ladies Bible study group. As these ladies met to share together, they wished to provide a learning environment for their preschool-aged children. Through the support of five area churches their dream became a reality when the Center opened in 1977. These churches continue to provide significant financial support towards our operating costs.

"Parent" in our title represents the ongoing weekly meetings of women for the purpose of fellowship and nurture. This group is called Connections and you can find more information about this group and the schedule of classes on the page entitled Connections. The other part of our Center includes the enrolled, tuition-paid preschool. Please refer to the Enrollment page for more information about our program.

Staff

Christine Stahl - Director

Christine came to the Parent and Preschool Center in the spring of 2004 as a substitute aide in the PreK 4-5 Class. She then taught here for four years with three of those years being in the PreK 4-5 Three Day Class. Her goal for teaching children has always been to share the world with them through fun activities so that the children can explore and learn many new things for themselves. She has a BA degree in Elementary Education from Moravian College.

Christine and her husband, Bob, have three grown children: Don married to Stephanie, Becki married to Andrew White and daughter Amy. She enjoys children, children, and more children – the children at preschool, the children at church and especially her three grandchildren. Christine is a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Schuylkill Haven.

Greta Felpel – Head Teacher Two Year Old Class

Greta has been on staff at the Parent and Preschool Center since 2007 serving in Kiddie Korner with the Connections Staff and more recently as the aide in the Two Year Old Class. She presently serves as the Head Teacher of the Two Year Old Class. Greta has an engaging personality as she welcomes both the parents and the children to the classroom. Beth Stauffer is the aide working with her each week.
She is married to her best friend Rod. They have two teenaged children: Casey and Turner. She enjoys cooking, hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling, camping and backpacking; but most of all she has a love for children. Greta is a member of Stumptown Mennonite Church.

Cindy Sweigart - Head Teacher PreK 3-4 Class

Cindy started attending Connections as a new mom in 1984. She has been on staff at the Parent and Preschool Center since 1991. She first worked in Kiddie Korner/Story Hour taking care of the children from Connections. In 2000, she became an aide in the PreK 4-5 Class. She has been serving as Head Teacher in the PreK 3-4 Class since 2005. Cindy supplies lots of activities for the children and she also has the ability to be spontaneous with them. She incorporates music and creative play into the learning process. God’s truths are a part of the classroom with individual encouragement given to each child. Donna Mosebach and Marty Swan are her aides.

She is married to Carl and they have four children: Laura, Andrea, Beth and Matthew and three grandchildren. Cindy is a member at New Life Assembly of God.

Joan Krause – Head Teacher PreK 4-5

Joan started as an aide in the PreK 3-4 Class at the Parent and Preschool Center in 2002. She had also worked on staff in Kiddie Korner. She then served as an aide in the PreK 4-5 class for four years. More recently, she has been serving as Head Teacher in the PreK 4-5 Three Day Class. Joan has been teaching since she was 16 and is Title 1 Qualified in the PA School System and served as an aide in the EDK Classroom in the Conestoga Valley School District. Joan's aides are Vicki Aukamp and Marilyn Linder.

Joan is married to Dave and they have two teenaged children: Sarah and Eric. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, exploring and geocaching. Joan also enjoys cooking, photography and watching her children’s sport activities. But her three greatest loves are her God, her family and teaching children. Joan is a member of Colerain Baptist Church.

Jill Martin - Head Teacher PreK 4-5

Jill joined the staff at the Parent and Preschool Center in the fall of 2012. Her son had attended the Parent and Preschool Center in 2004-2005. Jill graduated from Messiah College with a BS in Elementary Education and from Eastern Mennonite University with a MA in Education. After graduation, she taught nine years before becoming a mom. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to teaching PreK at Discovery Corner Preschool in Lancaster and at Lancaster County Christian School. Jill has always loved children and had known from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She believes it is important to create a positive learning environment for the children in her class. Her aides are Carol Suter and Sorina Shiner.

Jill and her husband Brian have two children, Nathan and Zoe. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, getting together with friends, baking, reading and doing crafts. She is a partner at LCBC Church.