Hilltop Neighborhood House
A place to learn,
a place to grow,
a place to belong.
Hilltop Neighborhood House has offered many valuable resources for the children and families throughout the community since 1995.
With an African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” as the inspiration behind the creation of this facility, the focus of Hilltop is to provide quality care and education for all children. We serve families from diverse backgrounds and celebrate that each child is unique. By offering individualized care and education, we help every child develop a healthy self-respect, an appreciation of and respect for others, and the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills that will help every child flourish and develop a lifetime love of learning.
Hilltop Neighborhood House continues to build on the services and success that we’ve achieved throughout the years, celebrating children, our valuable volunteers, and you – a member of our community!
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. Hilltop is a registered private preschool with the Indiana Department of Education, IDOE. All children at Hilltop are screened regularly using the ISTAR, Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting. This rating instrument has been developed by the IDOE and gives parents periodic reports on their child’s skill building for kindergarten. Eighty four percent of our children are from low-income household, 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 withing the community.
The Rose Gray Hilltop Food Pantry is a neighborhood food pantry that serves approximately 600 individuals ever month, year round. At holidays, food baskets are prepared for needy families to provide festive holiday meals. 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.
Donations are always needed.
Walt’s Place is home to our ever-growing After School Program. Children from the hilltop neighborhood come to Walt’s Place directly from school to participate in various projects and activities. Activities include: homework help, arts and crafts, various games, and all receive adult mentorship from trained staff and volunteers.
Walt’s Place also houses Adult Education Classes and Basic Computer Classes along with a Summer Program and Summer Food Program.