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Last updated: Mon. Jun. 30, 2014 - 02:06 pm EDT


Walk-in program keeps learning alive

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In one area, children are busy creating masterpieces at an arts-and-crafts center and in another, toddlers practice their construction and engineering skills with building block toys.

School may be out for the summer, but at Pine Hill Country Day School – a junior preparatory school in Fort Wayne – children are continuing the learning momentum throughout the season with a walk-in summer child care program.

The school and the summer program are geared toward children ages 2 to 8. Through August, the school is open weekdays from 7:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Although it is more structured during the regular academic year, walk-in service is available in the summer.

A unique feature of the private academy – which is open to anyone – is the Spanish-English immersion atmosphere, said the school’s headmistress, Elaine Dodds.

Both English and Spanish are spoken throughout the day, and the school has several teachers who are fluent in Spanish, she said.

Children have access to a variety of activities through centers that feature art and crafts, math and language, science and nature, multicultural and geography and dinosaurs. There is also a library, puppet loft, snack area and computer center.

“Parents can walk in, check out our facilities and pay by the hour,” Dodds said.

The school offers a summer rate of $5 an hour for the family’s first child, half price for the second child and the third child is free, Dodds said.

The school is at 2627 Lynn Avenue, near the intersection of East State Boulevard and Beacon Street. Call 482-1743 for more information or visit


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Scholarships and internships

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Ivy Tech

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