Abington Kids Creative Learning Center is designed specifically for school age students to provide children with age appropriate activities in a safe and secure environment that allows children to be children. With that in mind, imagine an alternative to traditional before and after school care that not only met your child care needs, but also provided an activity based modern learning environment. Students can explore a wide variety of activities that develop learning, encourage imagination, and promote positive social skills. At this stage of childhood education, children want to discover who they are and to pursue their own interests. Children want opportunities such as exciting science exploration, art, sports, fitness, reading, homework help, and more. They also want innovative technology such as computers and tablets to create excitement and to enhance the learning process. Whenever school is out, our before and after school program is there to encourage a child’s desire for new challenges and opportunities that celebrate their expanding world.
Our vision for Abington Kids Creative Learning Center is to provide a modern learning environment where children can interact with each other in a more creative and innovative way of learning. We are bridging the gap between school and working families to create an environment for children that mixes fun and learning. Our goal is to provide children with an open, flexible learning environment, which can support a range of experiences including delivering, applying, creating, communicating and decision making to initiate a healthy mix of learning and fun beyond the school bell. Parents will get a safe and convenient place in the community for their child to enjoy fun activities with friends that help them learn in a non-traditional way.
* All teachers have background checks including criminal record, child abuse, and Federal record check.
Meet our Teachers:
Melissa Namiotka: Owner and operator of Abington and Dunmore Kids Creative Learning Center. I have a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and Reading. I have my Masters in Elementary Education. I am a PA certified teacher. I have a wonderful, supportive husband, an amazing son, a beautiful daughter, and one more baby girl on the way! I enjoy sharing my passion of teaching with others!
Kortnee Smith: Hi! My name is Kortnee Smith. I am the Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrichment teacher at Abington Kids Creative Learning Center. I am a Pennsylvania certified teacher and hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Valley Forge in Early Childhood Education. I was a substitute teacher for the local school districts for 4 ½ years before joining the Abington Kids Creative Learning Center team. When I am not in the classroom teaching, I love spending time with my son and husband.
Ms. Chillcott: My name is Christine Chilcott (Miss Chrissy) and I am the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher / Program Director at Abington Kids Creative Learning Center. I have a bachelors degree in elementary education from Wilkes University.Currently, I am continuing my studies to obtain my certification in special education. I have been in the education field for over 5 years, working with children from 2 to 12 years in age. I have learned from my prior experiences that all children develop differently; however, with a strong and creative learning environment all children can positively grow. At Abington Kids, we help our students learn the building blocks of education and life. We look forward to creating a fun learning environment and developing your child’s skill set so they can grow and succeed to the next level of their education.
b. Mrs. Samantha Stiefel- Hi! My name is Mrs. Samantha Stiefel (Miss Samantha) and I am very excited to be the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher / Director for the Dunmore Kids Creative Learning Center. I attended the University of Scranton and received a Bachelor’s degree in history and theology in 2013. While in my undergraduate studies, I studied in Florence, Italy. I realized that I wanted to become a teacher and went to Marywood University for my Master’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies. I enjoy teaching at the Pre-k level and look forward to a great year!
Our Abington Center
Our center located in the Abingtons is bright and welcoming.
Abington Kids Creative Learning Center was so excited to be able to create the artwork for Marley’s Mission Blue Ribbon Gala. Marley’s Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma. This year they are celebrating the theme of Hope. Check out the beautiful artwork that our Pre-Kindergarten class created. ... See MoreSee Less
Abington Kids Celebrating the 100th Day of School! The students had a blast learning, counting and demonstrating their newly acquired knowledge of numbers and quantities up to 100. I am so excited to share the day’s highlights with all of you! ... See MoreSee Less
Musical Jars- The Science of Sound! Today at Abington Kids, our students experimented with the science behind sound. The students learned that sound can only travel to our ears if it has something to travel through, such as air, water, or other materials. ... See MoreSee Less
Dinosaurs at Abington Kids!! The pre-kindergarten class had fun exploring dinosaur activities, which were centered around literacy, math, science, and STEM! Check out our Dino-Dig for ABC’s and our brave attempt to measure a T-Rex foot! ... See MoreSee Less
At Abington Kids our students love to design, build, and erupt volcanoes again, and again... and again! We are learning Science and Chemistry in this fun, exciting STEM project. Check it out! ... See MoreSee Less