Gingerbread House

Preschool in Vancouver, WA 98663

Childrens Cay Care Centers began in 1948 at what is now Gingerbread House. The founder was Eve Mitchell. In 1964 her husband Edgar retired from his longtime employment and together they established Jack and Jill House. It was built as a child care center to serve the Hazel Dell area. They worked together until his passing in 1979. Eve continued to manage both Gingerbread House and Jack and Jill House until her retirement in March of 1988. At that time the two centers were purchased by her daughter and son-in-law, Rosalee and Eric Johnson.

The centers were founded on Christian principles and the educational theory Guided Activity Develops Character. They continue to be operated on the same principles.

Anna Wingate has been the director of both centers since 1974.

Child Ages:
6 months - 10 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Washington State Department of Early Learning
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm

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We believe in a loving Christian environment for children. We serve the community by offering a broad educational experience to young children. We provide an environment in which each child can learn to like him or herself and begin to realize his/her potential as a person.

With guided activity we help the child develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally through music, art, stories, creative play, cultural events and discovery experiences.

In addition we feel it is important for children to learn to listen and follow directions. The semi-structured program at the centers helps the children become accustomed to this, so the transition to more formal schooling will be pleasant and easily achieved.

*Discipline shall be based on an understanding of each childs needs and stage of development. It is designed to help the child develop self control, acceptable behavior and respect for the rights of others.

For instance, if a child is having trouble within a group and requiring too much adult attention, that child will be temporarily removed from the group without punitive action. This is renewal time and when the child feels better and more in control of himself/herself, he/she may return to the group.

The staff of Childrens Day-Care Centers does not use corporal punishment, including spanking, by anyone on the premises.


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