Our Mission

Riverview Children’s Center offers a Nationally-Accredited, comprehensive and innovative model of Early Childhood Education, within a nurturing and creative setting, that is responsive to the changing needs of children and their families.

A Leader in Early Childhood Education 

Riverview Children’s Center is one of the finest early learning programs in Western Pennsylvania, awarded Four Stars by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the region’s first NAEYC-accredited center.  Founded over 40 years ago by Elizabeth Rockwell Raphael, the Center has taught thousands of young children with great care and outstanding results.  Children who attend RCC develop the academic skills that prepare them to enter elementary school and develop the love of learning that lasts them throughout their lives.  Developing social skills and friendships, a sense of wonder and curiosity, and a sense of competence and self-discipline are the hallmarks of Riverview Children’s Center.

These results are highly recognized by regulatory bodies and strongly valued by parents; they travel from near and far to ensure that their children have the chance to learn and grow at RCC. While many families live in Verona, Penn Hills and Oakmont, others travel from various parts of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Westmoreland and Butler Counties.  We currently serve over 130 enrolled children.


Highest Standard of Care and Education 

NAEYC Accreditation:
We were the first early learning program in Western PA to achieve accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1987, since then maintaining accreditation continuously with among the highest scores. This voluntary system is designed to raise the quality of childcare through high standards. NAEYC accreditation means we adhere to high standards of health and safety, staff-child relationships, age-appropriate learning experiences, and parental involvement, with the greatest emphasis on the quality of interactions between staff and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum. Less than 6% of the Western Pennsylvania’s early care and education programs are NAEYC-accredited.

State Certification: RCC has earned the top rating — four stars — under Pennsylvania’s Keystone Stars program, which recognizes child care providers who exceed state health and safety licensing requirements.

Our Approach to Learning 

RCC responds to the changing needs of children and families by providing model early education within a nurturing and creative setting. Our program goals are:

  • to provide an environment that promotes opportunities to develop independence, decision making skills, cooperation and problem solving skills.
  • to encourage confidence, curiosity, and self-discipline;
  • to enhance cognitive growth through a creative and developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  • to establish patterns and expectations for success and that provide an impetus for future learning;
  • to foster an understanding of the dignity and respect of one’s self, one’s family and others; and
  • to increase awareness of the inter-relationships among physical and mental health, nutrition, environment and other factors that affect personal and social competence.

Additional resources are available to help us to meet the special needs of our students, including the Early Childhood Mental Health Project, the Alliance for Infants & Toddlers, and Project DART. At times,therapist helps children with their worries, fears, and behavior though on-site therapy or support.