Our Programs

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a ministry of Country & Town Baptist Church. The purpose of the center is to provide care and opportunities for each child enrolled to reach his/her greater potential spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially.
The ECC offers a daily program (Monday through Friday) with both full day and half-day options.   Our Mother's Day Out program is currently  unavailable.

Daily Program

The ECC is open year-round, and offers a daily preschool with the option of extended care. Preschool hours in each class are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (through the lunch hour), one to five days per week. The ECC is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those who desire the full day option. Separate classes for children ages three through kindergarten are offered. After school care is available for kindergarten children who attend the full day kindergarten program in the Mechanicsburg Area School District.  Transportation is provided by the district for children attending the district's Kindergarten Academy.

School Term and Hours of Operation

The school term usually begins the last Monday of August and concludes the first week of June on a Friday. The summer term begins the following Monday and concludes the last week of August. There is a one day teacher in-service day between the summer and fall terms. The program operates Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those who desire extended care. The preschool hours in each classroom are from 8:30 – 11:30 am, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (through the lunch hour). Children may be enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis.

Arrival and Departure

Parents are to provide us with the name of persons authorized to pick up your child if someone other than the parent. We will release children to authorized persons only. Proof of identification will be required if individual is unknown to ECC staff.

Please drive with caution when driving through the parking lot. When picking up your child, you must turn your car off before entering the building or approaching the playground.

Illness and Medication

Children with a fever, acute cold, vomiting, cough, diarrhea, or sore throat are asked not to attend. Parents will be notified when a child becomes ill. Because of the risk involved to other children and for the comfort of the sick child, parents are expected to pick their child up promptly. Children must be fever-free 24 hours before returning to the ECC.
A "Medicine Permission Form," located in each classroom, must be completed and dated daily if a staff person is to administer medicine to a child. No medication will be given without written parental permission (including cough drops and throat lozenges). All medication needs to be in its original container. No expired medications will be given.


Children need to be dressed to play! Sneakers are most appropriate for the older class and are required for play on the playground. An extra set of clothes is recommended in the event of spills or "accidents."