Welcome to Play & Learn
Abington - The Gerstadt Center!

Opened in 2003, the Play and Learn Gerstadt Center provides convenient, on-site child care for Abington Memorial Hospital employees and students who receive tuition discounts and priority enrollment, as well as the local community.  Our spacious playgrounds have separate areas for younger and older children and a paved surface for riding toys. Indoors you’ll find bright, cheerful classrooms for learning centers and play as well as a large activity room for rainy day indoor fun.

As part of our healthy living standards and involvement in the Let’s Move initiative, the Gerstadt Center provides enrichment gym and music programs as part of the curriculum.  Outside specialists in sports and music join us twice a month and always bring a smile to the children’s faces.  In addition, supplemental activity and learning programs are offered to families throughout the year.

The Gerstadt Center offers a full-day Kindergarten licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  A small class size allows for children to spend more one on one time with the teacher and develop the appropriate skills necessary for their transition to public or private elementary school.

For your convenience, the Gerstadt Center offers a low-cost lunch program. Diaper and wipes are also available to help make your daily routine easier. These optional programs may be perfect to ease your busy schedule.

Our staff looks forward to providing your child with a supportive and nurturing environment and the best in quality child care and early education.

A message from the Center Director, Rukiya Davis:

I have a Bachelor's degree in Education from Northern State University. I have been with Play and Learn since 2006, and am truly enjoy working with the entire Gerstadt Center community! Prior to working with Play and Learn, I was a first grade teacher in Howard County Public School System, an Assistant Director at the Malvern School, and an Education Coordinator for Head Start. I am also the mother of a little girl who is the center of my world! I love teaching and helping children learn and grow into confident individuals. I am honored to be a part of the Gerstadt Center family.