Welcome to The Park Forest Day Nursery Preschool

The Park Forest Day Nursery Preschool is a nonprofit, tuition-free school for two, three, and four-year-old children from low-income families.  We offer a comprehensive program that includes education, social skills, and developmental motor skills taught by qualified teachers in a friendly, safe environment.  In each classroom there are one to three teacher aides, providing additional attention. Boy playing in outside playground

Classes meet from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from September to December and from January to May.   The two year-old class meets Tuesday through Thursday while the other classes meet Monday through Friday.  Check out our online calendar for a details on class schedules and school events. Nutritious breakfasts and lunches, planned by a volunteer dietitian, are provided daily.

The school also provides the following services to students and their families:

  • Health screenings--medical, dental, vision, developmental and speech
  • Clothing bank for the children
  • Holiday food and gift boxes
  • Emergency funds
  • Weekly parenting classes

Visit our classrooms by clicking on the top menu or get involved by becoming a volunteer or financial contributor.

Check back often for updates on how our children are growing and learning!


Contact Us

1833 Park Forest Avenue
State College PA  16803 (map)
(814) 231-8492 
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Online donation system by ClickandPledge

 Make a secure online donation now with a credit card or eCheck by clicking on the above button.  Your donation to the school is fully tax deductible.

The Park Forest Day Nursery Preschool is supported by the Centre County United Way

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Wish List

It costs approximately $4,300 per child to run our preschool program.  The items listed below will help us serve our children and their families.  Some items we use year round and others are special needs, so please check back as our list may change throughout the school year!  Please contact Director, Barbara Geist at 814.231.8492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have questions.

Meal Planning Needs:

  • Gift Cards to Giant Foods, Weis Markets, or Wegmans
  • Soup (especially in large cans):  chicken noodle, vegetable and tomato
  • Canned Pasta (e.g., SpaghettiOs, RavioliOs, etc...)
  • Canned Fruit (apple sauce, peaches, pineapple)