About Us

Mission Statement

DSECC's ministry is to provide nurturing, safe, educational childcare that emphasizes the worth and uniqueness of each child, in a Christian environment consistent with the Anabaptist mission of Akron Mennonite Church.

Values Statements

In recognition of God's call to the faithful community to respond to the needs of our world, the values of DSECC include a commitment to:

  • CHILDREN - The belief that educating and caring for children is one of the great missions of life;

  • FAMILIES - The desire to strengthen families through parent resources and involvement;

  • TEACHERS - The support of highly trained, committed teachers who are valued and aware of their lasting contributions to the children's quality of life;

  • AKRON MENNONITE CHURCH - The acknowledgement that DSECC is a local community missional response for Akron Mennonite Church;


  • THE WORLD - The responsibility to be involved in community and global concerns and to peaceful engagement with all we meet.


Diamond Street Early Childhood Center

Board of Directors

                  Name                                                                                                      Term                                          

1.  Gerald Meck, Chairperson                                                                                  2008-2014

     Consultant at North Group Consulting                                                                             

2.  Ken Langeman, Treasurer                                                                                  2009-2015

     Retired Director of Financial Services

     Mennonite Central Committee

3.  Terri Hess, Secretary                                                                                          2011-2014

     Speech Language Pathologist

     S. J. Smith Center

4.  Ed Miller, (AMC)                                                                                                2011-2014


    Blakinger, Byler & Thomas, P.C.

5.  Chris Martin (AMC)                                                                                            2011-2014

     Director of Purchasing

     D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co.

6.  Susan Passage (AMC)                                                                                         2012-2015

     OR Nurse


7.  Lisa Bowser (Parent)                                                                                            2012-2015

     Research Analyst

8.   Sheryl Krafft                                                                                                        2013-2016

      Preschool Teacher

      Lancaster Country Day School


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Official press release...

October, 2013

Diamond Street Early Childhood Center EARNS NATIONAL NAEYC ACCREDITATION
Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

Akron, PA – Diamond Street Early Childhood Center (DSECC) located in Akron has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said June Hershberger, Executive Director of DSECC “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. DSECC teachers are educated in child development and have many years of experience. I see NAEYC accreditation as recognition of the high quality work teachers have always done at DSECC.” DSECC serves around 150 children, from infants through school-age children at two locations in Akron. 

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, DSECC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. 

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Diamond Street is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org. For more information on DSECC programs call 859-1686.



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