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.
Hannah Hardy – Director
Hannah joined the Parent and Preschool Center in the summer of 2018. She graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2008 with a degree in Bible and Early Childhood Education. Before coming to the Parent & Preschool Center Hannah taught for 10 years in preschool and kindergarten. Hannah is very involved in her church, Harvest Bible Chapel Lancaster, where she serves in the worship and children’s ministries.
Hannah moved to the Lancaster area in 2004 to attend college and now enjoys living in Lancaster City.
Katie Hess – Head Teacher Two Year Old Class
Katie joined the Parent and Preschool Center as a teacher in 2018. She started attending Connections when she and her family moved from Birmingham, AL back to Lancaster County in 2011. At that time, her oldest daughter started attending preschool at the Parent and Preschool Center. Since then all her children have attended and loved their time at preschool. She truly enjoys teaching and spending time with children, especially this age group. Katie’s aide is Rhoda Hoover.
Katie and her husband Eric have four daughters. In her spare time, Katie loves gardening, hiking, and being with her family.
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. Wendy Hess is her aide.
She is married to Carl and they have four children: Laura, Andrea, Beth and Matthew and seven grandchildren. Cindy is a member at New Life Assembly of God.
Shelby Falk – Head Teacher PreK 4-5 Class
Shelby joined the Parent and Preschool Center in the fall of 2018. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Early Grades Education. She has worked in an early learning center for 3 years and was the head teacher of a preschool classroom for a year. Shelby loves being involved in her church and helps out with their children's ministry. Shelby’s aides are Carol Suter and Wendy Taylor.
Shelby is married to Zach and moved to the Quarryville area in the fall of 2017. She enjoys reading, essential oils, coffee, knitting, and cooking. Zach and Shelby attend Crossway Church in Millersvi
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 attends Forest Hills Mennonite Church.
Beth Stauffer – Enrichment Teacher
Beth Stauffer became our enrichment teacher in the fall of 2018. Prior to that she was at the Parent and Preschool Center for 6 years in the 2 year old classroom as an aide and in Story Hour as the teacher. Before motherhood, Beth was on staff with IU 13 Learning Disability/Emotional Support students grades 1-6 and trained in Behavioral Modification. Prior to our women’s group adopting the name Connections, Beth served on the committee team for 3 years and led the group for 2 years. Beth’s aide is Rose Kennel.
Beth and her husband Henry have been married for 30 years and have attended Mellinger Mennonite Church for 18 years where she served for 4 years in the 2 year old Sunday School class. Beth has 2 adult children, both married and Preschool alumni. She also has 2 grandsons, the oldest Carter attended Story Hour last year.
Kris Augsburger - Connections Coordinator
Kris joined our team as the Connections Coordinator in 2019. She was involved with Connections when two of her children attended the Parent & Preschool Center from 2000 to 2003. She worked at Smoketown Elementary (CVSD) in the 6th grade Learning Support classroom for 12 years where her children attended elementary school. Kris also served as a board member at Lancaster Mennonite School during that time. She now volunteers at Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services as a mentor in the Rooted program which provides after-school tutoring and mentoring to Smoketown students in grades 4-6. Kris also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster child in Lancaster. She enjoys spending time meeting with and mentoring young people.
Kris and her husband Scott are members of Mellinger Mennonite Church where they have served as Youth Sponsors. They have five adult children - three daughters and two sons, as well as 2 grandchildren. Kris enjoys spending time with her family, flower gardening, and caring for her dog and cats.