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 Jefferson Health 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, Katie Bartschi:

I joined Play and Learn in 2007. Prior to Play and Learn, I directed an early childhood program on the Main Line and taught Pre-Kindergarten for several years. I have my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

My husband and I live in Glenside and have 3 children. My youngest daughter attends Play and Learn Hatboro, my son is in elementary school and my oldest daughter is in Junior High.  I am committed to providing a safe and positive early childhood environment where your children can grow and develop.