About the School

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is the driving force behind the St. John Neumann School for Children & Families as part of the organization’s community-driven initiative Healthy Columbia. The School is located in downtown Columbia, Pennsylvania in a newly-renovated building at 401 Locust Street.

The School serves children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Its unique family-focused approach to childcare and early education centers on the social-emotional development of each child and family it serves.

Tours will be offered starting in the Summer of 2020. Interested families can schedule a tour by applying online.

St. John Neumann School in Columbia, PA
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Our History

Founded in the 1880s by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as St. Joseph Hospital, the Sisters’ original health ministry transformed healthcare in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and provided the Lancaster community with its first hospital. The hospital became a beacon for compassionate, patient-centered care for more than 120 years.

The innovative spirit of our foundresses continues to inform the mission, the vision and the programs of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health as we work to improve the health of children and families in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Community. The St. John Neumann School for Children & Families embodies this vision as we seek to positively impact families and children in Columbia, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities.

To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit their website.

Our Relationship withThe Catholic Church

The St. John Neumann School for Children & Families is a project of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. While St. Joseph Children’s Health and the St. John Neumann School are locations of CommonSpirit Health, a nationwide Catholic Health System, the organization and school are not affiliated with the Harrisburg Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

The system, our organization, and the St. John Neumann School are committed to being champions for the common good in our communities. Our services, programs, and philosophies are grounded in the tenants of Catholic Social Teachings which call for individuals and communities to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, give drink to the thirsty, and more. This is the essence of the St. John Neumann School which is open and affirming to all faiths, individuals, and families in our community.

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Opening March 2021!