|In 1983, in a small house on a quiet road in New Hope-Solebury, Pennsylvania, Darcy Van Orden, a stay at home mom, opened her heart and her home to families in the community and established the original Clubhouse for Kids Only program. Recognizing a growing need in the community and realizing a business opportunity, Darcy incorporated in 1987, converted a one family home on 3.5 wooded acres, and opened the doors to The Clubhouse for Kids Only, Inc. in 1988.
Building on the foundation of serving the needs of a growing community, the Clubhouse offers a strong educational program with flexible enrollment options and extended hours for working families needing child care services. The Clubhouse now maintains dual licenses from the PA Department of Education as a Private Academic School, and the PA Department of Public Welfare. We now serve 70 families with varying schedules, with a staff of 10 Educators, 3 Administrators, and a support staff of high school alumni.
The Clubhouse educational curriculum has always maintained a unique approach to early childhood education. A well trained, educated and dedicated staff works closely with the administration, parents and local schools to develop an enriching educational experience directly relating to the students currently enrolled in each age group. Communication and involvement is a key component in the successful results. Through this approach curriculum stays current, relevant, and addresses the needs and goals of educators and families together. The establishment and understanding of the importance of a community is a fundamental component in the Clubhouse curriculum.
||The whole child - social, emotional and physical - is the guiding principles. As our community evolves so does our curriculum and all the while the core remains as it began - an open heart, a warm and secure place for children to learn and grow while families pursue their individual lifestyles.
As the community grew and the young children moved on, the need for care outside of the normal elementary school schedule increased. Acknowledging this need, in 1996 Darcy contracted with the New Hope-Solebury School District to operate an Extended Day Program for Before and After School Care for the elementary and middle school. The Clubhouse became a full service business filling an important need in the community. Through the efforts of the dedicated director and staff, it has grown to a full capacity, enriching program, offering continuity and consistency through many levels of the educational institutions.
Although Darcy has since moved to Arizona, she continues to be involved as the owner of the Clubhouse for Kids Only. Most importantly, through the talents of a very dedicated staff, she remains committed to the original goals of her program - to offer the nurturing "home away from home" atmosphere, and to explore the many ways to meet the needs of the families and children in the New Hope-Solebury Community.