Choosing The King's/St Mary's Developmental Child Care Center For Your Child's Early Education
Choosing a program for your child can be a challenge. The King's/St Mary's Developmental Child Care Center is staffed by warm and caring individuals who will take the time to discuss your child's needs and achievements with you daily. The Center provides a clean, safe, and well-equipped indoor and outdoor environment for children to explore. Children enjoy interesting and fun activities geared to their particular developmental age. The Center is conveniently located at 134 South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Program Philosophy
King's/St. Mary's Developmental Child Care Center is committed to providing high quality educational care for young children and families. We strive to provide an environment where children can live experiences that will provide them with security, independence, responsibility, and creativity as they venture out into the world.

We value that all children are created equal, and we respect that all children are individual. We teach tolerance and acceptance of others. We provide experiences that challenge children, yet allow them to succeed. We believe children learn by doing and are capable of decision making. We encourage a child's creativity and imagination; provide the praise and encouragement needed to build self-confidence, and allow children to build independence by providing opportunities that encourage self-help. We focus on language as a means of communication and problem solving. We encourage children to recognize and express their feelings, and to respect the emotions of others.

Our staff are a consistent and a constant support to both children and parents. We understand and empathize with the needs of children who are away from their parents. Our staff are caring and nurturing, and provide a safe, secure, home away from home. They understand that the children look to them for security and respect.

King's/St. Mary's Developmental Child Care Center also functions as a model early childhood environment for the students of King's College. We offer students quality field experiences with young children and teachers within the center.

Programs Offered at the King's/St Mary's Developmental Child Care Center:

Infant Stimulation (ages 6 weeks to 12 months)
Toddler Sensory (ages 13 months to 24 months)
Toddler Discovery (ages 25- 35 months)
Preschool Enrichment (3 years)
Kindergarten Preparation (4-5 years)
Before and After School Care  
Summer Camp  

Licensing and Accreditations
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare licenses the Center.

About Hildebrandt Learning Centers
The King's/St Mary's Developmental Child Care Center is managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Inc. Hildebrandt successfully operates 28 centers, 12 are nationally accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. For more information please visit:, For more information regarding the King's College Early Childhood Program please visit:

King's/St. Mary's Developmental Child Care Center provides hot, nutritious meals. A licensed dietician has selected menus. All meals follow the guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The hours of operation are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Center offers flexibility to working parents by offering child care on a full-time or part-time basis depending on availability of spaces within each classroom.

Visiting the Center
Contact Alexa Karakos at (570) 823-4656 to schedule a personal tour of the center with your child.