K-Prep started as a Family Childcare Center in 2003. The owners, Ann Kritzer and Claire Crescenzi worked in local early education centers during and after receiving their bachelor degrees at Millersville University. They quickly outgrew the family childcare space and opened the existing facility on Columbia Avenue in 2006.
As a privately owned center, K-Prep strives to blend the benefits of its early routes as a small family center with the opportunities of a larger center. Individual needs are met within the classroom setting and students at all ages are given multiple learning options to help them succeed.
Ann and Claire continue to be a part of daily operations at the center, with Ann recruiting and training all new staff, while Claire introduces new families to the center. The mission of K-Prep, that all children are loved, is shared with all who join the family. We believe that to be effective leaders in early childhood education, you must remain passionate about educating the young.
Ann is silly, loving, and enthusiastic with the children. She is dedicated to young children and has a clear understanding of their next steps in education. She works closely with Donegal School District, as a past Reading Support teacher and continues as a substitute when needed.
Claire is fascinated with social and emotional development in young children. She shares her knowledge of various discipline philosophies and techniques with parents and staff. Claire leads the Al's Pals Program, a unique program for teaching social-emotional skills and healthy decision making, in the toddler and preschool classrooms.
The additional staff at K-Prep include a variety of educators. Their passions and enthusiasm is obvious the moment you enter a classroom. Some teachers enjoy detailed art work and teaching about famous artists, some love theater and both classic and modern musicals are heard in their class. Teachers are found sharing their love of sports, reading, board games and cooking. Sharing what each teacher loves helps the students love coming to school!