About The Joshua Tree

In November 2020, The Joshua Tree celebrated 10 years of Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

Our centers are open and our classrooms are filled with children who are busy creating, learning, thinking and laughing.

*We are following CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing, daily health screenings, and additional measures to keep our children, staff and families safe.

Our enriching arts curriculum encourages children to create, perform, and respond to the arts, and helps them to reason and understand the world around them.

The Joshua Tree Vision

Helping children achieve the great “aha” moments of life. Committed to Teaching Children Through Music, Art, and Dramatic Play. Our enriching Arts curriculumencourages children to create, perform, and respond to the arts, and helps them to reason and understand the world around them. Art-based learning also develops. self discipline, creativity, and confidence that will help children to succeed in school and life.

Quality learning experiences reflect the unique development of the individual supported by qualified educators to help each person to reach their full potential.

We invite special guests from the fire, health, and police department to guide our children through valuable safety lessons, and smart decision making. Throughout the year, our children enjoy birthday celebrations and festive gatherings to bring everyone together and build a community around different cultures and experiences. The Joshua Tree creates memorable experiences in a positive and nurturing environment.

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Kayla Murphy

Instructor / Teacher

Florence Wagner

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Dale Swanson

Instructor / Teacher

Vicky Jacobs

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Our teachers

We nurture children, providing encouragement, protection, security, stimulation, and supervision. All Teachers are highly qualified to care for your children. 

Ms. Rah

Senior teacher - Pre School

Ms. Chrissy

Senior teacher - Infants

Ms. Colleen

Senior teacher - Toddler

Ms. Nydira

Teacher - Toddler

Ms. Ashley

Teacher - Toddler


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All teachers are CDA certified or Associates/Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Ped, CPR, Fire safety certified with ongoing courses to ensure that our children achieve life long success.

Our Curriculum Focus

We ensure every child is receiving the creative learning experiences they require and that they are developing physically, intellectually, and socially. Our activities, games, and curriculum are all formulated to engage and your child’s natural curiosity and provide a foundation for lifelong success. Preparing your child to succeed in school and in life is the core of our child care curriculum. In our classrooms, we include daily instruction and activities targeted toward these essential developmental areas:

Classroom Environment

The classroom environment is the space where children’s learning begins. Therefore, the classrooms shall be designed to allow for positive, enriched, creative, & exploratory play. The following is a checklist of items that promote a positive learning environment:






Classroom Management

As children develop, it is normal for them to test their limitations. By using the following progressive guidance techniques, we strive to minimize inappropriate behavior while creating a positive learning environment for all of our children.

Expectations for Children

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We are following CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing, daily health screenings, and additional measures to keep our children, staff and families safe.

Yes, all employees, parents and children will have to pass a daily health screening. The health screening includes a temperature check and a series of COVID-19 related questions that pertain to the individual and their households.

The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures:

Your household must remain out of the center if any member of your household has (or has been in close contact with anyone who has):

a. A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering); or

b. Traveled: internationally; or domestically, from any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance.         

14 days after the last potential exposure, your household may return provided these three things have happened:

a. At least 10 days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms; and

b. Symptoms have improved for any household member that experienced symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath has improved); and

c. The household has been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Please note, depending on the circumstances we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to the center will be allowed.

To implement enhanced safety protocols for all areas including daily health screening, distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting. Our goal is to ensure that all of our health and safety practices in every center are in line with recommendations provided by the CDC and requirements of state and local municipalities, and have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core.

All employees will be in face coverings while working. Those conducting health screenings will wear gloves while conducting the screenings. Those undertaking disinfection activities will be wearing gloves while disinfecting. Teachers will wear gloves for activities that they wore gloves for in the past; diaper changing and bathroom help, wiping noses, first aid and cleaning. They also wear gloves for preparing and serving food. They will not be required to wear gloves all day.

Unless mandated by local state authorities or medically necessary, The Joshua Tree does not require the use of masks for children. To provide a safe and healthy environment, we employ strict exclusion policies for households, regular health screens, increased disinfection, and social distancing practices. Please contact our center directly to learn more.

Prospective parents are being encouraged to visit our link for a virtual tour.

Keystone Stars

Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a continuous quality improvement systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. Keystone STARS is a program of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).

Our Guiding Principles

Keystone STARS is a responsive system to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Our system is guided by three core principles:

We believe inclusion, diversity, equity and respect are foundational values embedded in these principles.

Keystone STARS has four primary goals:

OCDEL’s Keystone STARS Program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. We encourage programs to think about the Keystone STARS Performance Standards as a tool to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) that impacts services to the children and families in your care.

Keystone STARS – Improving the quality through: