CHILDCARE - Hilltop’s early childhood education program provides full-time, year-round care and education to children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Our Paths to Quality participating program is unique in the fact that we not only encourage diversity, we thrive on it. Seventy percent of our children are from low-income households, twenty percent are exposed to multiple languages, thirty-two percent are from a racial minority group and forty-five percent are from a single-parent home. By offering tuition scholarships to children and families that qualify, parents can change their direction in life by enrolling in college or maintaining employment within the community.
Seventy percent of our children were able to receive the funding needed to be enrolled at Hilltop last year due to donations from Porter County Community Foundation, United Way of Porter County, Anderson Foundation and other local businesses and individuals. All families have selected Hilltop as their facility of choice for many reasons including our diverse population, our qualified staff, and our reputation in the community as being “the place to be.”
In addition to our diversity, we promote kindergarten readiness by giving our children the tools to succeed. One-hundred percent of our children, regardless of background, tested in the ninety-fifth percentile or higher on kindergarten entrance testing.
At Hilltop, you will find warm, individualized care for each child enrolled. To us, childcare is not a product to be sold for profit, rather an environment for all children to grow and learn in a way that encourages acceptance and appreciation for others.
HILLTOP TOO - Walt’s Place is home to our ever-growing After School Program. Children from the community come to Walt’s Place directly from school to participate in various projects and activities.
Walt’s Place is open during the school year from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All school-age kids are welcome. Our after school program allows parents to keep working or go to school.
All recieve adult mentorship from trained staff and volunteers. We are staffed with work-study students from VU and many great volunteers from the community. (Everyone has their background checked.) With many adults and high school students, children have the opportunity to get more one-on-one help with homework. It also allows us to have more areas of our building open each day. (members allowed only in supervised areas)
Hilltop Too – Walt’s Place also offers Summer Program and Summer Food Program from June – August.
FOOD PANTRY - Rose Gray Hilltop Food Pantry has been in operation since 1996 and has used the inside of three different locations as its home over the years. The Food Pantry is a neighborhood food pantry that serves approximately 600 individuals every month, year round. In July of 2012, we hit a record high of serving 1,100 individuals! At holidays, food baskets are prepared for needy families to provide meals for family gatherings. Coat drives provide warm clothing during the cold winter months. School supplies and vouchers for new shoes are provided in September for children going back to school.