The Kindergarten Program

The Thorne Kindergarten Center at Haverford provides a developmentally appropriate, child-centered program in a small and nurturing setting. It is especially appropriate for parents who wish their children to have a full-day kindergarten experience (8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) that combines a traditional kindergarten curriculum with many opportunities for active play and social interaction. 

"I often find myself responding to my daughters with the words and tone I have heard their teachers use because I know those words are coming from a place of love and best practices combined!" —Kindergarten Parent


Admission to the Thorne Kindergarten program is on a rolling basis, with priority given to current Thorne families. An Open House is held in October. Thorne families make their commitments by the first of December, after which visits for new children are scheduled. Interested families should contact the Program Director in the fall to make formal application.

Fees for 2022-23

Full Day Program Mon.-Fri., 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $18,290
Summer Program Four-week morning program Call for details.
(dates/rates tentative and subject to change)    

Kindergarten generally follows the Lower Merion school calendar.

For information about admissions to the Thorne Kindergarten Traditional Program, contact Kate Brown by email ( or at 610-645-0204.



Deborah A. Moran

Deborah A. Moran is an assistant teacher in the Kindergarten Center. She has worked at Thorne since 2010. She has more than 16 years of childcare and development experience including roles as a pre-school teacher and playgroup facilitator.​ • 610-645-0204


Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (B.A.) and Temple University (M.Ed.) and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2013. Rachel is also the teacher/coordinator of the Summer Camp program. • 610-645-0204



Erin Tessler, a teacher in the Nearly 3s Preschool classroom, is a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.S. in elementary education). She taught at Lake Highland Prep and The Shipley School. In addition to working with our toddlers, Erin teachers summer reading with Little Ones for Literacy. Having been part of the Thorne community as a parent, Erin joined the Thorne faculty in 2018. • 610-526-7913