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2713 West Chestnut Ave.
Altoona, PA  16601
(814) 943-8177 phone
(814) 949-2052 fax

Lily Pond’s Commitment to You

Our commitment is to offer the highest quality services that maximize the personal growth, individual development and ability of each child and family that uses our services; and to provide the special expertise, warmth and positive regard to achieve that.


In order to fulfill our mission, Kids First will be a premier provider of cost-effective, high-quality services throughout the local community.  We will give continued emphasis to developing partnerships to enhance services as well as administrative, financial and marketing capacity. 

We conduct business ethically, and with a commitment to moral integrity.  We expect people to hold a high moral standard.  When faced with an ethical dilemma, we do what is right, regardless of the consequences.

We respect each other.  We value the uniqueness and dignity of each individual, and appreciate the strength of diversity and inclusion.

Shared Purpose
We share a sense of purpose.  We have an enthusiastic sense of mission.  We believe that to better meet our mission, we must work as a unified organization.

We value excellence.  We value people who get involved and show a sense of urgency.  We believe it takes excellent, confident and accountable people to create innovative solutions that are valued by the people we serve, regardless of resources.

We are customer-focused.  We strive to continually understand and proactively respond to the increasing and changing needs of the people we serve, regardless of their resources.

Purpose, Scope, Philosophy

The purpose of Lily Pond Child Development Centers is to provide an inclusive, comprehensive child development program for children from six weeks to twelve years old, ensuring quality, innovative educational programs, extremely satisfied customers and fulfilled staff.

Our staff will provide developmentally appropriate curriculum experiences and activities.  Classrooms will be staffed by early childhood educators and trained paraprofessionals.  The program will provide additional family support through parent workshops, educational programs and individual consultations as needed.

Staff and administration will provide a program that:

  • is a healthy, safe and respectful environment for children;

  • promotes cognitive, emotional and physical development;

  • maximizes the independence and enhances the function and potential of young children;

  • provides individualized, quality services to children and their families;

  • provides a family-centered program to ensure that each family's priorities, concerns and cultures are addressed and incorporated into their child's daily activities;

  • provides a naturalistic environment where each child's overall development is enhanced and enriched;

  • includes children as active participants in their learning experiences;

  • provides services to children with disabilities in settings in which children without disabilities participate, to promote development and a sense of belonging;

  • maintains and increases the expertise of staff and quality services by providing opportunities for ongoing professional development.

In order to accomplish these goals, we will provide a child development program that enthusiastically utilizes:

  • regular communication with parents and family members;

  • specially-trained teachers and assistants;

  • adult-child ratios which ensure quality care and individualized attention;

  • Nutritious meals and snacks;

  • frequent, positive and warm interactions among adults and children;

  • planned learning activities and material appropriate to each child's developmental age;

  • an opportunity for children with diverse abilities to participate in child development services together.

Operating Policies

Lily Pond Child Development Centers operate year-round, Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. (varies per site) to 6:00 p.m.  The program is closed on some holidays.

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