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St. Paul's Child Development Center


Parent Handbook


Who to Contact:

Dawn Chismar

Director, Dawn Chismar


833-1761 ext. 116


About Us

St. Paul’s Child Development Center is a non-profit center, which has been serving residents of Millcreek Township and neighboring communities, since 1992. It is housed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and is operated by the Child Development Director, who is responsible to the Child Care Board, consisting of Church members and the Pastor of the church, Rev. Scott Maxwell. The Center is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and is a Star 3 facility through Keystone Stars. The Center’s primary objective is to provide parents with an educational, safe and loving environment for their children during the busy workweek. Quality care is our first priority.

Our Staff

A percentage of our staff have field appropriate degrees.  Full-time, and most, part-time staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety and each receive several hours of state approved training per year.  Our staff is dedicated to helping children grow at their natural pace by building their self-confidence, strengths and skills.  Staff provides each child with the opportunity to create, socialize, explore and learn.  We aim to balance their development in all areas:  social, emotional, physical and intellectual.  We respect the diversity and integrity of each child’s individuality.


The Center provides child-care services to children, two to eleven years old, Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, year round, which includes a before and after school program (see Programs for details) and full summer care for elementary children, kindergarten through the fifth grade. During their stay at the Center, the children are exposed to a variety of academics and activities: free play, story time, circle time, crafts, music/movement, outside play (weather permitting), gym time, field trips/outings, holiday/birthday parties, on-site demonstrations, weekly themes and special events. Children must carry a lunch when they are at the Center all day.


Our Mission is to provide affordable, quality child care in a nurturing, caring and happy environment, which encourages and seeks to extend the individual development of each child socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Who to Contact

Please contact our Child Development Center Director Dawn Chismar at 814-833-1761, ext. 116 or at cdcdirector@stpaulserie.org for questions or for more information.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church | 3108 Sterrettania Rd, Erie, PA 16506 | (814) 833-1761 | info@stpaulserie.org