Wonder Club Early Learning Center

Pre-K and Kindergarten, for a life-long love of God, and a life-long love of learning.

Learning and Growing

Early intervention through Pre-K and Kindergarten classes meet kids at a critical time when students’ first interact with education and, in many cases, first learn of Jesus’s love for them. 

We invest in early childhood education, particularly for low-income families, to give kids the best start in life. Wonder Club is made possible by a partnership with Water Street Mission, donors, and many generous businesses that give through EITC gifts.

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Wonder Club Kids Receive

Renewal at Wonder Club

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The Renewal of Deja

When Deja turned 3, it was no surprise to her family that she would join Wonder Club Early Learning Center. Her two older brothers had already come through, and now, it was her turn.

As she experienced Wonder Club for the first time, she found a safe place for her to learn and grow, and discover the love of God. Just like her brothers, she’s built a strong academic foundation that will take her far in school, and now she’s prepared to take on first grade as her older siblings did.

But Deja isn’t the only one who gets to join in on the fun! Her little sister started classes in Pre-K and loves it too! And next year, their littlest child will be joining our program.

5 children in one family – all schooled by Wonder Club! It’s such a joy to be a part of Deja and her sibling’s lives, as they trust us to educate and care for their family at such a young and crucial age!

*Names have been changed for privacy purposes

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The Renewal of David and Jonathan

A little over twenty years ago, David* attended Wonder Club as a child. As he grew up, he couldn’t seem to forget the impact his early education had on his life. He had learned how to navigate school, and find success, but also what it means to be a child of God.

When David started his own family, it was clear he wanted his son to have the same opportunities and life-giving experiences. He knew he wanted to sign his young son Jonathan* up for Wonder Club.

Now we get to experience 2 generations of students coming through our doors, and give them a leg up in learning, as they build a Christ-filled future ahead! We can’t wait to see what Jonathan does with his future, whether he carves out his own path, or gives us another generation to cherish!

*Names have been changed for privacy purposes

Thank you to our sponsors!

Looking for ways to support Wonder Club?

Gifts from generous individuals such as yourself help us to provide discounted, high quality Pre-K and Kindergarten learning opportunities to families that would otherwise not be able to afford it.  Consider giving today or asking your company about EITC!

An Update from Jack 5/4/2020

12/17/2020

Dear Friends,

Throughout this season, we have encountered a number of challenges in operating our shelter safely. Thankfully we have been blessed to see no community spread among our guests. This is due not only to the work of our team, but also the ways that upgrades to our facilities came at just the right time.

For example, Providence Shelter, which opened in November 2019, provides additional spacing and a top-tier air filtration system. We have also been able to implement the same air filtration standards in our dining hall prior to the most recent wave of COVID.

Because a high percentage of our guests have preexisting health conditions, we have had to be diligent in our safety protocols, doing our best to ensure their safety. For us that has included implanting all CDC disinfecting, masking and social distancing from the very beginning. This has led to major changes in roles and responsibilities of staff. Staff have taken over disinfecting in shifts all over campus. They have also delivered much of our support services and programs through zoom, hosting counseling sessions and classes virtually and meeting in-person with plexi-glass dividers only when necessary.

For meals, we’ve changed preparation and delivery to help minimize interaction of guests who live in different facilities. At times that has meant delivering meals to certain Residential Floors so we can keep smaller groups in the dining hall. We have also had to restrict guests’ travel on and off campus to only essential trips such as going to work, the doctors, shopping etc., in order to minimize unnecessary exposure.

Another change in this season has been how we do intakes. Currently, the intake process requires new guests to be tested for COVID-19. They await their test results in a separate temporary shelter we have set up, before entering Providence Emergency Shelter.

All of these changes have been made while severely limiting the number of volunteers on campus. At one point, all volunteering was completely put on hold. Now, we are running with a third of our normal volunteers.

And it’s been tiring, for both staff and guests. We have had times where many staff were working remotely due to their own health risks. Other times where staff or guests have been quarantined due to exposures. But even with all of the schedule changes, increased overtime, and cross-shift working, our team has done an amazing job persevering through all of the challenges.

What to Expect This Winter Typically we have over 200 total guests on campus, over 100 in our Residential Programs over and 100 in our Emergency Shelters. Although our Residential capacity remains about the same, we have had to reduce the available beds in Providence Shelter to ensure safe spacing overnight from about 75 to 55.

Winter always presents its own challenges, so we anticipate this year will be no different. Women in our Providence Shelter have moved over to the shelter at St. Mary’s across the street, run by the Lancaster Food Hub. During their stay there they have full access to all of our services, including showers, food and staff support. Not only does having women shift to St. Mary’s enable us to free up additional beds for men, it will help us keep the shelter populations separate and limit the risk of spread.

Thank You We have been so encouraged by the support we have received this year. Without a community coming around us and our guests, we would not be able to keep our guests safe and continue to guide them in their restoration journeys. We truly couldn’t do what we do without you.

Jack Crowley

President