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Email sent to parents on 3/25/20:

As Executive Director and Board Chair, we want to thank you on behalf of the Leadership Team for trusting us to care for your child. We recognize this is a difficult moment for everybody. We’re all trying to adjust our lives and plans while doing all we can to safeguard public health and the well-being of those around us.

Last night the DSECC Board of Directors decided that DSECC will continue to be closed until it is safe for your child to come to the Center. We are uncertain when the center will reopen. We are monitoring various sources including the Ephrata Area School District, Governor Wolf, Department of Health, and the Department of Human Services, all who will help the Board make a decision when to reopen the Center. We will let you know as soon as we make a decision to reopen. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate updates to you on a regular basis.

We fully intend to open the center again. We are making plans for the summer program and have approved a contractor to install a fence around the playground, purchased a new phone system and installed phones in each of the classrooms. We are optimistic about the future and look forward to the days when our classrooms will again be filled with voices of happy children.

Through this time of incredible uncertainty, we can declare with Psalmist, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Ps. 46:1) That continues to be our prayer for you, the parents and children and our entire DSECC community.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Deb Sims at 717-859-4272/, Administrative Assistant Kim Bell at 717-859-4272/, or Board Parent representative Meghan Sensenig at  

Deb Sims, Executive Director

Gerald Meck, DSECC Board Chair


As you know, the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing. On Friday, March 13th, Governor Wolf has closed all PA K-12 schools for ten business days. Ephrata Area School District and DSECC will now be closed for students from March 16 to March 27.  We will let you know as soon as we know when we will reopen.

A note about tuition – all families who pay tuition using Tuition Express will NOT be charged for the first week we reopen. Your payment that has already been processed for next week will be applied to the first week we reopen.

Kim will be checking emails and voicemails and responding as she can. Please be patient if you have a question that is not immediately answered.

Thank you and stay safe!


Like many of you, we have spent the last weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world. It is the position of the DSECC Board of Directors and leadership that it’s in the best interest of our children, staff and community to follow the lead of our local school district, Ephrata Area School District. Therefore, since EASD has closed starting Monday, March 16th, we will also close at the end of Friday, March 13th.

Future tuition will be waived during this emergency closure. No refunds for tuition payments already made will be issued.We have one simple objective: keeping your children, your family, and our employees safe. Currently there are 63 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania, none of them in Lancaster County. However, that could change at any time. With that in mind, we have made several changes in response to the threat of the Coronavirus.

In addition to our regular cleaning company who cleans twice per week, we will schedule carpet cleaning for all the classrooms and the Big Room. We have also decided to hire a company to do a professional deep cleaning and sanitizing process throughout the entire center, but due to their current workload, this has yet to be scheduled but will hopefully happen during the two-week shutdown. This is in addition to the sanitizing our teachers already do on a regular basis with a bleach and water solution, which is kept in each classroom in locked cabinets, out of reach of children. The teachers have been instructed to keep their bathrooms and their room’s surfaces continuously cleaned with this solution, which is approved by the CDC. Finally, we always have hand sanitizer at the check-in station for staff and visitors to use.

We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. Children and staff have always practiced good hand-washing techniques. Per CDC recommendations, we ask our employees to please stay home if they feel sick, and we ask families to keep sick children home. We also ask any staff or family member who has traveled to high-risk locations recently or have been exposed to others who have traveled to such locations to notify us and to self-quarantine for 14 days.We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do all we can to protect you, your children, and our employees. We will communicate any updates via email, our website, and our Facebook page.

Finally, we encourage you to view the video below to learn about how the virus works, spreads, and best ways to attempt to prevent it.

Thank you. 

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CANCELLED: Friendship Concert, Book Fair, Silent Auction

We have had to cancel the annual Friendship Concert due to COVID-19 and the statewide precautions about large gatherings.  We hope to reschedule this event at a future date.