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The Malvern School of Downingtown

Our preschool is conveniently located between Exton and Downingtown, close to the Route 30 bypass. Since the school opened in 2007, our Downingtown preschool has earned several company-wide awards. We are also proud to have achieved accreditation from NAEYC, which sets the highest standards in early childhood education. Our programs for children ages 6 weeks through 8 years old offer much more than traditional Downingtown daycare and childcare options. We look forward to helping your child prepare for the future, and we encourage you to schedule a tour of our Downingtown preschool!

What Parents are saying:

Malvern School of Downingtown has been such a great stepping stone for our children prior to their entering elementary school…The teachers are not only educators (they are parents too!) and they genuinely care about our children. We have always felt so safe and reliable with the care they provide our children, and have been so happy with the life-long friendships that our family has made.

—Anna S., Downingtown


  • 2019 Best Place to Work
  • 2019 Big "Q" Award (Quality Standards)
  • 2019 Superior Achievement Program Assessment
  • 2018 Big "Q" (Quality Standards)
  • 2018 Director of Education of the Year, Dana Berthoud
  • 2018 Curriculum Coordinator of the Year, Bryanna Froelich
  • 2018 Superior Achievement Program Assessment
  • 2012 Health and Safety Coordinator of the Year
  • 2012 Director of Education of the Year
  • 2011 Executive Director of the Year


1001 Cornerstone Boulevard
Ph: 1-877-MALVERN

School Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:00am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Accredited Since 2012

NAEYC Accredited Early Learning Program and Preschool in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

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Meet Our Directors

Jennifer Johnson, Executive Director

Jennifer Johnson is the Executive Director at The Malvern School of Downingtown. She has been with the company since 2009, after starting her career as a Preschool teacher and Health and Safety Coordinator before becoming a Pre-K teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. In 2014, she was promoted to Director of Education at The Malvern School of Downingtown. Jennifer has been in the field of education for over 10 years. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University, she taught fourth grade for 4 years at St. Patrick’s School in Malvern. Jennifer loves working at The Malvern School because it represents a warm inviting place where children can come make new friends, explore and learn as they grow. She enjoys being part of the children’s lives everyday. She also enjoys spending time with her family at the beach!

Dana Berthoud, Director of Education

Dana Berthoud has been a Director of Education for The Malvern School since 2013, first at Newtown Square and now most recently at Downingtown. Previously, she was the Head Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at The Malvern School of Frazer. Dana has worked for The Malvern School since 2006 and is dedicated to the Early Childhood field. Dana received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University and also received her Master’s Degree in Literacy from West Chester University. Dana loves working for The Malvern School because The Malvern School philosophy is aligned with her own. The Malvern School is dedicated to providing the highest-quality early childhood education and follows best practices. Dana has been through NAEYC re-accreditation both as a teacher at The Malvern School of Frazer and as the Director of Education at The Malvern School of Newtown Square. Dana loves spending time in the classrooms, overseeing the program, and working alongside the teachers to develop their skills. When she is not working at The Malvern School, Dana loves playing with her daughter, Ava and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being active.

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