In the summer of 1993, Betsy Swan, Jon Kimmel and Lisa Cromley, three teachers from the Westtown School, were looking for a place for their children to spend their day while they were at work. Inspiration struck and on August 23, 1993, they started Oak Lane Day Care in the ca. 1928 Quaker Meeting House on the Westtown School campus. Within the first year, the daycare had seven children enrolled. Today, over 25 years from its tender beginnings, Oak Lane Day Care serves approximately 35 children and the staff has expanded to include 7 teachers. We are proud to say that one of the first teachers at Oak Lane is still with us today. Oak Lane Day Care is a member of the Friends Council on Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Oak Lane Day Care is a cooperative program. Parents who enroll their children in Oak Lane Day Care participate for about six hours per family each contract year in activities which maintain the facilities and program. Parent participation is essential for fostering group responsibility for the program as well as controlling our costs; bringing in a snack or taking the laundry home may seem like a small thing to do but it helps a lot. Parent/family activities include fun community days such as our Spring and Fall Clean-Up Days, Potluck Suppers, and Tie-Dye Day.
Oak Lane Day Care is located in the Westtown Monthly Meeting House on the campus of Westtown School. Though located on its campus, Oak Lane Day Care and Westtown School are independent organizations. Admission to the daycare is not associated with admission to the school.
Oak Lane Day Care is an equal opportunity care provider: Our services and employment are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability or age.