Early Childhood Services
Early Childhood Services at Elwyn are committed to providing quality early learning experiences for all the children and families served. Our programs are based on the following principles:
- Childhood is a valued state of life
- Families need support and will be respected for their individuality
- Enthusiasm for learning and an early appreciation for other’s differences and abilities
- Our work is family-centered and emphasizes the strengths and resources of each family
Elwyn’s Early Childhood programs serve children from birth to 6 years of age. We evaluate and provide special education to over 5,000 children each year. Our goal is to ensure that children are served in the least restrictive environment possible and to provide quality services to each child and family we serve.
Service Line Overview
The Early Childhood Service Area is comprised of two programs, the Development Center and Special Education for Early Developmental Success (SEEDS). The Development Center, located on Elwyn’s Media Campus, houses NAEYC and Keystone Stars 4A accredited preschool and child care programs. SEEDS serves approximately 5,000 preschool age children in the Chester/Upland and Philadelphia School districts.
Kyu Hwang, Executive Director of Early Childhood and Education
As Executive Director of Elwyn’s Early Childhood Division and Education Division, Ms. Hwang oversees a total of 600 employees and is responsible for all program operations including external communication and expansion projects. Ms. Hwang came to Elwyn in 1982 as the Director of the Development Center. In 1995, she became the Director of Davidson School and soon after, Executive Director of Education. In 2009, she assumed all responsibilities for the Early Childhood Division. Ms. Hwang received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from EWHA Women’s University, Seoul, Korea and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Delaware. She has also completed all course work for her doctoral degree in Special Education from Temple University.