Pre-Kindergarten (48-60 mos)

The White Birch Center for Early Learning is a year round child care program for children ages one to five years old. As a License Plus designated child care center, White Birch is committed not only to quality child care for children ages 1 to 5 but also to early learning. Our early learning center also includes a kindergarten wrap around program to accommodate families who need child care and also have children in the morning or afternoon kindergarten program at Henniker Community School. White Birch Center has two playgrounds, a one- and two-year-old playground and a three- to five-year-old playground. All ages have individual classrooms located in the same building.


Ashley Murphy

Ashley Murphy

Lead Teacher/Education Coordinator

Ashley has been working at White Birch for 6 years. She graduated from Plymouth State University with a B.S in Childhood Studies and teacher certification in K-8th grade. Ashley has taken various early childhood classes over the last few years through Granite State College as well. She believes that children learn best when given the opportunity to engage in play to develop the new skills they are learning. Ashley has worked as the Preschool teacher and has been the Lead Pre-K teacher for the past 2 years, and is now in the role of Education Coordinator.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending as much possible time with her daughter, husband and two dogs. She loves to travel anywhere and everywhere, watch movies and enjoy a good book.

Karen Nadeau

Karen Nadeau

Associate Teacher

Karen has been working at White Birch for 2 years. She graduated from Berlin Technical College in 1996 and has been working with children since then. She has had the experience of working with children ages infants through 14 years of age. She loves to see the children learn and grow in any way they can. She is currently an associate teacher in the Pre-K room.

Karen lives in Hillsboro with her husband Craig and her youngest daughter Kimberly. She enjoys winter, snowmobiling, movie nights and family time.

Denelle Rittersback

Denelle Rittersback

Associate Teacher

Dee has been working at White Birch since September 2017 as an associate teacher in the Pre-K classroom. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire in May 2017 with a bachelors degree in psychology. Dee also attended Genesee Community College in Batavia NY majoring in Human Services and Mater Dei College in Early Childhood. Dee has several years experience working with children and children with special needs. She worked at the New York State School for the blind for 10 years along with Boces Child Care Center in Batavia NY.

Dee is from Batavia NY. She has 3 sons Trevor, Travis and Tyler. She currently lives in Manchester with my boyfriend Scott, her sons, 2 cats-Baily and Bandit and our dog Lucy. Dee enjoys taking her son to the YMCA and spending time cooking and baking.

Evelyn Hannemann

Evelyn Hannemann

Associate Teacher

Evelyn started working at White Birch in October of 2017 but has been working with infants through age 6 since 2015. In the following months Evelyn plans on continuing her education by attending New Hampshire Technical Institute pursuing her Early Childhood Education Degree. She believes that children learn best through hands-on play and using sensory activities to explore and develop new skills. Evelyn is currently an associate teacher in the Pre-K classroom.

Outside of work Evelyn enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with her Fiancé. They often spend the weekends traveling all over the state to be with family.

Elizabeth Poehlman

Elizabeth Poehlman

Assistant Teacher

Lizzy has been working at White Birch in the Pre-K classroom since June of 2016. She is a senior at John Stark Regional High School and is preparing for her journey to college. Lizzy’s plan is to study music education. She plays the violin, sings and tries to be apart of as many high school theatrical productions as she can before she heads off to college. Lizzy truly enjoys working in the Pre-K classroom and cannot wait to see what the future brings.

Dana Keiser

Dana Keiser

Substitute Teacher

Dana is a substitute teacher at White Birch. She is a 1988 Graduate Of New England College with a major in English, Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She began working at White Birch in 1989 as the lead teacher for the toddler program. In 1996 she began the process of adopting the first of her two daughters. She then became a stay at home mother during that time and later on as her daughters grew older her and her husband Adam created and ran their own family centered surf school based at Jenness beach in Rye, New Hampshire. Now that their youngest daughter is in College, Dana is happy to once again return to the incredible White Birch Community which is and has always been dear to her heart. It brings Dana incredible joy to watch your children grow and learn. And she am so happy and honored to be a part of the team of your child's first teachers.


(Effective January 1, 2018)

Full Day Pre-Kindergarten (4-Year-Olds)

Full Week: $200.00Includes breakfast, lunch, and PM snack

Daily Rate: $55.00Minimum of two days per week; includes breakfast, lunch and PM snack

Daily Schedule

Daily schedule is subject to change due to the needs of the children

6:30 – 8:30 Arrival / Free Choice Play

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 Circle Time: Story and Calendar

9:30 – 10:00 Group Activities

10:00 – 10:30 Free or Outdoor Play

10:30 – 11:00 Health and Fitness Education

11:00 – 11:30 Outdoor Time

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch

12:30 – 2:30 Rest

2:30 – 3:00 Snack

3:00 – 5:30 Afternoon Activities: Outdoor play, Choices, Pick-up

Drop Off and Pick Up

The drop off and pick up door is the right door of the red barn section of the building.