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!
Mrs Samantha Stiefel: is the head teacher of the Kindergarten Enrichment Program. She has a bachelors degree in early childhood education and is PA certified. She is currently studying for her Masters degree at Bloomsburg University. She has a current CPR and First Aid certification. Ms. R. enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Minecraft! Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, so we have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom. We have used it to teach math concepts like ratios and proportions, however today we used it to support student creativity and collaboration! The students created amazing projects! ... See MoreSee Less
MARSHMALLOW TOWERS & POTATO LIGHT BULBS!! It's so important for our students to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM. ... See MoreSee Less
Gizmos and Gadgets!! "Childhood curiosity and experimentation can spark dreams, opening a world of invention as a product of imagination!" This week students are challenged to invent, develop and construct items using random Gizmos and Gadgets and find inventive solutions! We will sketch ideas with chalk outside, hypothesize and discover solutions, and create actual inventions! Children will make their dreams and visualizations come true with persistence! ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga and Fitness Instruction! Thank you, Mr. Paul, for teaching our Abington Kids students about fitness. Our focus this week has been on health and this was a great way to get our bodies moving! Yoga inspires kids to be kind, patient, accepting, and empathetic with themselves and their peers. ... See MoreSee Less
Feeling Grateful... Today was a day that made me stop to think how grateful I am to be able to work with such a wonderful team of teachers! These beautiful flowers were given to me today by my amazing staff. Over the past few years, I've learned that one of the most important aspects of success is to surround yourself with great people… people that have strong value systems, people that believe in you and genuinely want to see you succeed, and people that can teach you how to be better. I am blessed with an extraordinary team of teachers. These teachers have such a joy and passion for teaching that it is contagious to the students and makes everyone more excited for each and every day. Thank you for letting your passion shine! ... See MoreSee Less