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The Malvern School of Glen Mills

Our preschool is located in picturesque Glen Mills, and we share our campus with Malvern Day Camp on 15 beautiful acres. We have been serving Glen Mills and the surrounding area since 1999. We are proud to have been the first Malvern School to receive NAEYC Accreditation, which ensures the highest quality education and care are provided for your young child. We pride ourselves on implementing a curriculum that is designed to meet your child’s individual needs as well as meeting both NAEYC Best Practices and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. Many of our highly qualified teachers and assistant teachers have been with us for more than five years. Our early childhood education programs for children ages 6 weeks through 8 years old offer much more than traditional Glen Mills daycare and childcare options including a Kindergarten classroom with a 20 year+ experienced teacher. We look forward to helping your child prepare for the future, and we encourage you to schedule a tour of our Glen Mills preschool!

What Parents are saying:

I have three young children who all attend and love arriving at school each morning… Each day, I get a personalized email report from the teachers that my husband and I use to have discussions at dinner and learn more about their days… The attention and love that they receive each day does not go unnoticed. We love the directors and staff!

—Sally C., Glen Mills


  • 2022 Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Top Fundraiser
  • 2019 Best of Delaware County Finalist
  • 2018 Platinum Performer
  • 2018 Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Top Fundraiser
  • 2018 100% Club
  • 2017 Curriculum Coordinator of the Year, Jennifer Plasha
  • 2017 Alex's Lemonade Stand Top Fundraiser
  • 2016 Executive Director of the Year
  • 2016 Health & Safety Coordinator of the Year
  • 2016 Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser Award
  • 2016 Platinum Performer
  • 2016 Superior Achievement Best Practices
  • 2015 Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraiser Award
  • 2015 Superior Achievement Program Assessments
  • 2015 Big "Q" (Quality Standards)
  • 2015 Presidents' Choice Award
  • 2015 Platinum Performance
  • 2014 Superior Achievement Program Assessments
  • 2014 Platinum Performance
  • 2014 Executive Director of the Year
  • 2013 Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraiser Award
  • 2009 Director of Education of the Year
  • 2009 Platinum Performance
  • 2008 President’s Choice
  • 2008 Executive Director of the Year
  • 2008 Staff Retention Award
  • 2008 Platinum Performance
  • 2007 Curriculum Coordinator of the Year
  • 2006 Health & Safety Coordinator of the Year


20 Creek Road
Glen Mills,
Ph: 1-877-MALVERN

School Hours

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

Accredited Since 2005

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

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Meet Our Directors

Michelle Donahue, Director of Education-In Training

Michelle is the Director of Education-In Training at The Malvern School of Glen Mills. Michelle joined The Malvern School team more than two decades ago and one of our most tenured members of the team. Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Early Childhood Education and was previously the Lead Pre-K Teacher of our school until being promoted in 2022.

One of Michelle’s proudest moments of her career include raising thousands and thousands of dollars for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. She is an integral part of organizing events and fundraisers and being the top school fundraiser year after year. She also feels so proud each year when she sees her pre-k students graduate. She loves that The Malvern School provides the children the opportunities to make choices in the learning activities which fosters their independence. The curriculum is based on the children’s needs and their learning styles and allows for the teachers to plan based on what the children in the classroom need and want to learn.

During her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling and taking road trips, visiting new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. A funny fact about Michelle is that she is a huge Golden Girls fan! And all her classroom friends know it! When she was young, she always wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite children’s book is “The Monster of the Woods” by Claire Freedman.

Jennifer Vignola, Assistant Director

Jennifer Vignola is the Assistant Director at The Malvern School of Glen Mills. Jennifer holds a dual Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Special Education from Kutztown University and has more than 12 years of experience working with children. She joined The Malvern School in 2017 as the Preschool Lead teacher. She moved to the Get Set classroom and was promoted to the Health & Safety Coordinator. In 2021, she was promoted to Assistant Director.
Jennifer’s proudest moments of her professional career were being nominated as Teacher of the Year in 2020 and being promoted to Assistant Director. She is so honored to work at The Malvern School because of the love the teachers truly have for the children and the great partnerships formed between teachers and families. She feels that the curriculum is the best because it can be customized to the interests and abilities of the children in that class.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family—especially her nephews and niece. As a young child, she always wanted to be a teacher and her favorite children’s book is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae.

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