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The Valie Genuardi Hobbit House on Gwynedd Mercy University Campus

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PreSchool Children at Gwynedd Mercy University's Educational Lab

Hobbit House is a child development Nursery and Pre-K school. It is a child-centered experience program where the age groups work and play together in a family atmosphere. An exciting learning environment is created for the child in which structure with freedom, individualized learning, and love are incorporated. The primary goal of Hobbit House is to meet the needs of the child, to respect the child's individuality and personality and to provide a program which encourages creativity.


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Nursery School
Ages 3 and 4
2 or 5 Full Day Programs
3 or 5 Half Day Programs

"Hobbits" for children who will enter the pre-k program the following year.

In order to achieve the goals of Hobbit House, the nursery school programs all provide a state approved curriculum of music, art, science, math and reading readiness, and language development. Socialization skills are emphasized. Play, library and field trips complement this curriculum.


Dates: September through May


1/2 Day - 3 Mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.1/2 Day - 5 Mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
1/2 Day - 3 Afternoons - 12:30p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Full Day - Tuesday and Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Full Day - Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Ages 4 and 5
5 Full Day Programs
5 Half Day Programs

Gwynedd mercy University's Educational Lab for Pre-School Children

"Stepping Stones" for children who will enter kindergarten the following year.

In addition to the achievement of the goals in the nursery school program, the pre-k program provides opportunities for children to build more self-confidence and develop decision-making abilities which will prepare them for their entry into formal education.

Dates: September through May


A.M. Pre-K: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
P.M. Pre-K: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Full Day Pre-K: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m..
Extended hours for all programs are available 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Parents are invited to participate on all field trips. They may also spend the day at the school with their child on Nutrition Day and on their child's birthday or unbirthday. Many parents have enjoyed sharing a talent or their expertise with their child's class.

Since the Valie Genuardi Hobbit House is the lab school division of Gwynedd Mercy University, it provides college students with hands-on experience in teaching the young child. Early childhood education majors, as well as nursing students, find Hobbit House a delightful place to learn about little people.

Dr. Fran Kruzits, Director of Valie Genuardi Hobbit House Preschool
For more information, please contact Roseanne Pollock 215-641-5567 or

The Valie Genuardi Hobbit House is an Equal Opportunity Care Provider.