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 four grandchildren. Christine is a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church.

Lori Shirkey - Head Teacher Two Year Old Class

Lori joined the Parent and Preschool Center in the fall of 2015. She graduated from Central Bible College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Ministry and a degree in Deaf Ministry. She has been involved in early childhood education for many years. Lori lives in Lancaster with her husband, Casey, and two children, Tyler and Natalie. She is reentering the education field after spending the past several years at home with her children, who also attended the Parent and Preschool Center. She loves children and is thankful to follow in a family of teachers. Lori’s classroom aide is Beth Stauffer.
Lori grew up as a missionary kid serving in Latin America and continues to have a passion for missions and ministry. She enjoys photography, travel and reading. She is a member of New Life 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 six 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 Kindergarten class in the Conestoga Valley School District. Joan's aides are Vicki Aukamp and Marilyn Linder.

Joan is married to Dave and they have two 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.

Pauline Lim - Head Teacher PreK 4-5

Pauline joined the staff of the Parent and Preschool Center in the fall of 2015. Her passion is working with children as she helps them to develop academically and spiritually in a healthy environment. She has a background in teaching both children and adults in the United States and overseas. In addition to her years of classroom experience, she worked at the University of South Carolina in training teachers from various countries. In addition to her undergraduate degree, she has a Post Graduate Licensure in Special Education from Shenandoah University and an Autism Certificate from George Mason University.
Pauline has been living in the United States since 1992. She attends Calvary Church in Lancaster.

Laura Nguyen - Connections Coordinator

Laura worked in Kiddie Korner from 2004-2006. She has attended Connections ever since. She enjoys the fellowship and inspiring topics at the weekly Connections meetings.
Laura is also self-employed as a Suzuki piano teacher. She volunteers at Emmaus Road Cafe each week. She enjoys seeing how God brings people together to meet each others needs and to encourage each other in work and in places of fellowship and fun.
Laura is married to Quan. In her free time she enjoys gardening, playing games, music, crocheting, and doing other creative activities.