Mission & History

In the late 1960’s, two young mothers rekindled a college friendship after a chance meeting of the Junior Women’s Club.  In searching for a creative learning environment for their own small children, Rita Moore and Carol Maurer joined forces and the Jack & Jill Nursery School and Kindergarten was established.  Beginning with small classes in their own homes for two years, the school grew to three centers in Iona, Lebanon and Myerstown.  Throughout their partnership, Rita and Carol have had the privilege of enjoying a close relationship with the nearly 4,000 children who have passed though Jack & Jill’s doors. Additionally, treasured friendships developed between the children’s parents and the founders. 
Since 1970, parents have been selecting Jack and Jill Preschool and Kindergarten for their children’s first school experience.   Jack and Jill is a proud four year winner of the “Best of Lebanon” Award.  We offer classes for children age 2 1/2 to age 5, with our programs ranging from 1 to 2 1/2 hours per day, depending on your child’s age.  Our curriculum is based on a part-time, social, and educational school experience, and is PDE certified.  Our students learn in a fun and relaxed environment, and are taught by an experienced and professional staff.  
Our mission is to provide quality Preschool and Kindergarten programs which foster creativity, curiosity, and self-expression in each child.  Through personal attention, which celebrates uniqueness of each child, Jack & Jill offer a stimulating classroom environment which nurtures a child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth.  Our goal is to instill a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.