Hilltop Neighborhood House has offered many valuable resources for children and families throughout the Valparaiso 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’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 that we not only encourage diversity, we thrive on it.
Hilltop is an unlicensed registered ministry with a unique twist. We are the only ministry program to be a private preschool with the Indiana Department of Education, IDOE. All children at Hilltop are evaluated regularly using the observationally-based assessment, ISTAR, Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting. This rating instrument has been developed by the IDOE and gives parents periodic reports of their child’s skill-building for kindergarten. Hilltop can then measure deliverables throughout their future academic success.
The Hilltop Food Pantry partners with several local community organizations to help us serve approximately 600 food insecure individuals per month, year round. At holidays, food baskets are prepared for needy families to provide festive holiday meals. Coats, hats, and gloves are provided, along with other warm clothing, during the cold winter months. School supplies and vouchers for new shoes are provided in September for children going back to school. Nutrition classes are also offered for adults and families.
Donations are always needed.
Walt’s Place is home to our ever-growing Free 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: Title 1 Tutoring, free meals, and access to a state-of-the-art STEM Computer Lab, arts and crafts, and various social recreation activities.
Walt’s Place also houses a Free Summer Program and Summer Meal Program, along with Adult Education Classes and Introduction to Computers Classes.