The Haverford Center

The Haverford Center is a NAEYC-accredited and state-licensed child care center for children 6 weeks to 4 years of age. We provide a creative, child-centered and well-balanced program that supports your child’s individual physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Our teachers use “The Creative Curriculum” to help meet these goals.

Infant room staff members provide a safe, language-rich environment designed for exploration and development. Each baby’s schedule is individualized to meet his or her needs. The environment includes soft toys, inviting manipulatives of varying colors and textures, picture books, and a range of multicultural music. Infants are supervised by sight and sound at all times.

Toddlers and Preschool
Toddler and Preschool staff members work hard to provide a predictable daily routine that provides a balance of active and quiet play, indoor and outdoor experiences, large and small motor activities, and child/teacher initiated activities. Children develop life skills – feeding, toileting, dressing – through constant encouragement and acknowledgement of their efforts. Daily schedules and routines are posted in each classroom space.

The Haverford Center is proud of its dedicated teachers. We enjoy a very low turnover rate of our staff. Our full-time teachers are supported in receiving their degrees in early childhood education.

Our mission

The Haverford Center’s mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment while encouraging children to build upon their individual character. The Haverford Center implements developmentally appropriate curriculum based upon national and state standards that target the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth of all students. Children are encouraged to build a sense of self through activities that allow them to try, think, and act with increasing independence. For each child, we strive to promote a lifelong love of learning and respect for others through stimulating and interactive activities. The Haverford Center values open communication between teachers and families allowing for a deeper and more personal understanding of children’s daily routines and activities. 

What I value most is that at The Haverford Center my children are excited to go every morning and sad to leave when they come home. Every day they tell me what interesting activities they did in “science” or “music.” Not only are my children given exceptional care, they are also enjoying learning every day. 

– Kara Cleffi, parent


Susan Zickler
Director of The Haverford Center




Children 6 weeks - 4 years old

M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
from the last week of August through the first week of June.

The Haverford Center is located on the first floor of The Lower School; the Lower School is accessed from Railroad/College Ave.