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About Us

children first preschool, located at Stone Mill Depot in Hockessin, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is fully licensed by the State of Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families and has been awarded a 5 Star Level with the Delaware Stars for Early Success quality rating program.

Our facility includes a play yard, two large classrooms, a music/multipurpose room and a room that houses family resources and a Children’s Lending Library.

children first is a developmental preschool with a philosophy that "children learn through play." Curriculum is carefully planned to offer children a wide variety of opportunities to create, imagine, construct and investigate. Children pursue independent, self-initiated activities and activities that foster positive peer interactions and promote cooperation. Within our comfortable and safe atmosphere, children are encouraged to express themselves artistically and verbally.

playrimechildren first's low teacher/child ratio provides ample opportunities for individual attention and supervision. Our staffing maintains at least a 1 to 6 adult to child ratio for Pre I and at least a 1 to 7 ratio for Pre II and Pre K.

children first preschool directors are also classroom teachers.  All teachers are well qualified, degreed professionals who continue their early care and education training and career development through classes, workshops, lectures and conferences. 

about uschildren first preschool directors and teachers are credentialed by the Delaware Department of Education and are members of: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children and the Nursery-Kindergarten Association of Delaware.



Our school year is September through May. Enrollment for the fall begins in January and is open to all children who are two years of age by October 31st as well as three and four years of age by August 31st of the current school year. Applications are also accepted throughout the year if space becomes available. Open House Tours, when prospective families meet with the directors and tour the school, are held throughout the school year. 

Families must attend an Open House or tour prior to the application process.

General Information

general info

children first directors

Anna Traudt

Karen Snowe Johnson



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Stone Mill Depot   |  728 Yorklyn Rd. | Hockessin, DE 19707