Hilltop Movie Premiere Night

April 2017

Hilltop Movie Premiere Night!

Hilltop Neighborhood House would like to invite you to our Hilltop Movie Premiere Night!


Take a tour of our programs, enjoy some movie theater concession stand treats and wings from Duffy and get a Hilltop Freebie.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Make sure to mark your calendar!
No purchase necessary, open to the public, please RSVP to Hilltop Neighborhood House, 460 S. College Avenue, (219)477-4222 ext 247.


2017 Soups Save the Date

The 2017 Hilltop Neighborhood House Annual Soups Fundraiser will be held on February 21st, 2017, 4:00-7:00pm.
Make sure to mark your calendar!


We will be selling tickets at Hilltop Neighborhood House, 460 S. College Avenue, (219)477-4222 ext 247.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Pre-K’s time is now, Legislature must focus

Kim Olesker and Jennifer Wright, NWI The Times – Oct 9, 2016


The Republican and Democratic candidates for Indiana governor have both released plans for expanding high-quality pre-K in Indiana, signaling agreement across the aisle that opportunities for happy, healthy lives begin in strong pre-K programs.

While our gubernatorial candidates might differ on their specific approaches to expand access to early learning, one thing is clear: Pre-K is an idea whose time has come.

Our state legislators should make every effort to support the momentum building for it in communities across Northwest Indiana and the state.

The benefits of pre-K are many and well documented. We know the most important development in a child’s brain occurs before age 5, and pre-K enables educators to reach children when they’re at this critical stage in life.

As a result, children who attend pre-K are much more likely to enter elementary school prepared to learn. Their success translates into short- and long-term positive outcomes for local families and the whole state.

That’s why seven out of 10 Hoosier voters said they support a bold expansion of pre-K to many more low-income families in the next legislative session, according to a representative statewide poll.

Through an effort called All IN 4 Pre-K, communities all over the state are voicing their desire for pre-K programs that help children build the skills they’ll need to thrive in school and in life.

This groundswell of support is driven, in part, by the fact that thousands of Hoosier children still lack access to quality pre-K programs. Thousands of students remain on waiting lists because there are a limited number of quality slots available.

While more of our state policymakers have made steps in the right direction to grow access to high-quality pre-K, including Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, we need to do much more to help these children.

Fortunately, many of our state leaders on both sides of the aisle have signaled their willingness to tackle this important issue, and we look forward to seeing them working together to create a locally driven pre-K solution that gives families a choice, empowers parents with responsibility and upholds Hoosier values.

Indiana legislators should support a proposal to provide funding — through scholarships and grants — for many more 4-year-old children from low-income families to attend high-quality pre-K programs if their parents want to send them.

Whether at high-quality centers, schools, faith-based organizations or home-care businesses, pre-K leads to stronger kindergarten readiness, less grade retention and a significant return on investment to Indiana’s economy.

If the statements made by the state’s gubernatorial campaigns are any indication, Indiana has the political will to expand pre-K in the next legislative session. And as our lawmakers put forth a budget that builds on the tremendous gains we’ve made in education, investing in pre-K should be a top priority.

The time is now to make a significant down payment that will ensure Indiana’s next generation of leaders has the chance to flourish in school and in life.

For information regarding Hilltop Neighborhood House’s Early Childhood Education Program, email


Kim Olesker is president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. Jennifer Wright is CEO of Hilltop Neighborhood House, a registered ministry early childhood center in Valparaiso. The opinions are the writers.

You can view the full article HERE.


2016 Annual Campaign

The 2016 Hilltop Neighborhood House Annual Campaign will kickoff on May 23rd, 2016. Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 for childcare scholarships. We thank the 20 volunteers and Board members for coming together for the campaign cause and making the difference in lives of children and families.


If you are interested in giving or becoming a Hilltop Hero, please contact Rosa Munguia-Arias at (219) 477-4222 ext. 247 or visit our Donation page.


Hilltop’s Childcare and Early Childhood Education Program Expands

VALPARAISO — Hilltop Neighborhood House is expanding its award winning childcare program to serve more families in 2016.

Thanks to a grant from the Porter County Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, in the past month, Hilltop was able to restructure their childcare program based on Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s current teacher-to-child ratios.

“We’ve always followed the state ratios in our classrooms and with Valparaiso University Work Study students and volunteers, we maintain very low child and teacher ratios already, however restructuring the program and facility ultimately provides more available spots for young learners” said Hilltop Director Amy Osburn. “We have also done some internal building improvements with our classrooms as well has hiring additional teaching staff.

A Path’s to Quality Level 3 provider, Hilltop is the only registered ministry in Porter County to be a registered private preschool with the Indiana Department of Education.

“Hilltop’s relationship with the IDOE allows us to implement the states developmental screening tool ISTAR-KR, which is rating system designed by the state to assess children in English/language arts, math, physical skills, personal care and social-emotional skills,” Osburn said.

Furthermore, their staff must have a valid teaching licenses and/or degree in the field of education to be hired on.

“Hilltop is very proud to be a leader in our community for both childcare and early child learning.”

For more information regarding childcare enrollment, email


Save the Date – Soups Dinner

Join Hilltop Neighborhood House for our 17th Annual Heartwarming Soups and Hometown Entertainment Dinner this February at Christ Lutheran Church.

Please see flyer below for more information, or call (219) 477-4222 ext. 247.


Hilltop celebrates 20th anniversary this year!

Hilltop Neighborhood House will celebrate 20 years of providing programs and services to the Valparaiso and Porter County community this year.

Hilltop serves more than 150 children every day in its child-care, preschool and after-school programs. Currently more than 79 percent of the children who attend Hilltop receive a a partial or full scholarship so their parents and caregivers can work or attend school themselves. In addition to programs for young children, Hilltop also offers an adult education program, food pantry and summer food program.

Read more from the article on HERE.


Book Drive Helps Hilltop

Barnes & Noble had another successful book drive and collected more than 300 books for Hilltop Neighborhood House and a few other nonprofit organizations. Customers were invited to participate and bring the gift of reading to each child. Hilltop lets each child choose a few books to take home and the remainder of the books are used in the classrooms throughout the year. Hilltop Neighborhood House and Hilltop Too: Walt’s Place serve children ages 6 weeks to age 15 in their child care and after school programs. An additional 400 families a month are served by the food pantry.

See more HERE.


Rose Gray Hilltop Food Pantry – Grand Reopening!

The Hilltop Neighborhood House Food Pantry is celebrating its Grand Reopening at the new location 554 Locust St in Valparaiso. Join us for dinner at our dedication and ribbon cutting on November 1st, 2014 at 5:00PM. Dinner will be provided by Valparaiso University’s Lutheran Leaders for the Paul and Dorothy Lange Leadership Retreat.


See below for the flyer and more information.


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