Oak Lane Day Care

located at Westtown School


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I’m Kath Houlahan and I’ve been blessed to serve as the director of Oak Lane Day Care since April 2019. Oak Lane is a loving, nurturing place for both kids and adults. Our motto is “Learning to live…together” and I could sum up our mission and philosophy in just two words — play nice. 🙂 Just another day. Except, it’s not. It never is. While the cumulative days of each season with a child may blend...

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Together again!


Posted By on Aug 12, 2020

On August 3, our Oak Lane family came together again. We were all a bit nervous. What would it be like to wear a mask all day? Would the kids know when we were smiling at them? How can we be together and still stay apart?Just like when we were doing online Morning Meetings, we figured it out. And, added our own special Oak Lane twists. For example, around the time of our online graduation in early June, one of our four-year-olds...

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To tech or not to tech


Posted By on Mar 26, 2020

At the end of the day, it wasn’t even a question. In the face of a situation that none of us had ever anticipated, Oak Lane has gotten technical. We intentionally keep technology on the down-low at school, believing that face-to-face time is of primary importance to our kiddos. Additionally, hands-on experience has always been considered to be the backbone of early childhood development.I know there are lots of apps designed to...

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I wonder…


Posted By on Mar 16, 2020

So, all day cares in Chester County are closed for at least two weeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and families are wondering how to educate their little ones at home. Is there an equivalent to the online/distance learning that other schools & universities are planning?Certainly, there are online resources for activities for early childhood education and I’ll post a few another time. (If you are really craving a...

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So, I’m still reflecting on the thought of a daycare as home. I’m actually kind of entranced at the thought. Can a school be a home?I recently hired a couple of new teachers. One of the references was so spot on with the description of the person that I emailed a few weeks later to say thank you for the most accurate recommendation I had ever received. The recommender responded that by hiring the teacher, I had made a difference in...

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A home for everyone


Posted By on Feb 28, 2020

One of our parents recently ended an email with this line: Thanks for all you do to create a great home for everyone! Wow. That’s the goal, isn’t it — for everyone to feel at home in this space, not just our kiddos, but our faculty, parents, older/younger siblings, and visitors. People in all walks of life, all ages, ethnicities, genders, etc. Some of our kiddos have what are recognized as ‘special needs’...

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Why not?


Posted By on Feb 20, 2020

Ever notice that a typical response to a new idea is often “Why?” I once worked with a wise daycare director who helped me to instead ask “Why not?” Try it — it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.I was explaining this philosophy to a family on tour yesterday, and I could see their eyes light up at the thought. Most times, there’s not a ton of risk in trying something new. And, a lot of good...

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Where is Love?


Posted By on Feb 11, 2020

When I was little, my aunt gave my sister and me a record of the musical “Oliver!”. One of our favorite songs was “Where is Love?”, which comes at the point in the story when the orphaned boy is wondering where he belongs. As I’m reflecting on Valentine’s Day, this song keeps coming back to haunt me.Maybe because I’m single, the holiday doesn’t have much of a romantic connotation for me....

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Life is what happens…


Posted By on Jan 14, 2020

…while you’re busy making other plans. I heard that phrase (again) recently, and it is so true. My take on that as a daycare director is: my work is in the ‘interruptions’ that happen while I’m trying to get my tasks done. Does this happen to you, too? Does it ever feel that the most important work you do isn’t expected, anticipated, or planned? It’s kind of the same with teaching (and...

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Give Yourself to Love


Posted By on Jan 1, 2020

I read a book over the holidays and smiled when a favorite song was quoted: Give Yourself to Love by Kate Wolf. What a perfect intention for this new year and new decade! Kids do this naturally — love, laugh, cry, look for the good in each other and give themselves fully to each moment. Living each day as a gift of love is a bit more challenging for some than for others. Past hurts, fear of the future, insecurity, and not...

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Peace and Joy


Posted By on Dec 17, 2019

My most-used signature is Peace, Kath. I’ve used it for texts and emails for years and years. My desktop Yahoo account even has this Celtic prayer as a signature, something I found on a postcard when I lived in Ireland: Deep peace of the running waves to you.Deep peace of the flowing air to you.Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.Deep peace of the shining stars to you.Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. In business, I would...

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