Pre-Schools

Beacon Center for Children
Beacon Center is a non-sectarian, racially non-discriminating pre-school for 2 to 5 year olds. The Center also has as after-school program for the Greenfield children in grades K-2. The school picks up the children from the Greenfield School, upon their dismissal, and escorts them to Beacon. [more]

Beginnings Learning Center


Beginnings provides a loving, caring environment where children learn, through play, skills that will be important all through their lives. Social and emotional development is considered as important as academic achievement. Activities geared to each age group are offered to enhance this natural growth. [more]

 

Children's Village Child Care
Children's Village Child Care Center has served children and their families in the Center City area sine 1976. Nationally accredited (by NAEYC) since 1996, the center’s degreed teachers skillfully deliver a curriculum that responds to children’s interests and strengths. [more]

Formative Years The Formative Years is a private, nonsectarian preschool and kindergarten serving the center city community. The program is designed for children between the ages of three and six years. [more]

 

Friends Select School
An excellent academic program, a diverse community, talented faculty and the timeless values of Quakerism create unmatched opportunity for students at Friends Select, a 480-student college preparatory day school. Students experience rigorous academic programs and competitive college placement, and acquire confidence, creativity and independent thinking.[more]

The Philadelphia School (Preschool - 8th Grade)

Coeducational, nonsectarian independent school in Center City. The school offers a theme-based, interdisciplinary educational program to 356 students in preschool through eighth grade. [more]

Society Hill Synagogue Playschool

At Society Hill Synagogue Playschool, children who are 2 to 5 years of age are engaged in integrated curricula with an emphasis on play, socialization skills, and age-appropriate early childhood educational activities. Our warm, nurturing environment and caring staff provide a wonderful “first school experience” for our 2-year-old students, while our Pre-Kindergarten program provides engaging academic stimulation for our 4– and 5–year–old students. In addition to our dynamic educational curricula, Playschool activities also include yoga and drama classes, field trips, daily outdoor playtime (weather permitting), holiday-themed discussions and projects, and weekly Shabbat celebrations. Extended Morning hours from 7:45-8:30AM Monday-Friday, along wit h extended afternoon hours 3-6PM Monday-Friday For more information, click here.


St.Peters School
St Peter's School (pre-school to grade 8) is an independent, multi-denominational, coeducational day school in the historic section of Philadelphia. It serves families from all parts of Philadelphia and South Jersey. [more]

 

Trinity Playgroup  

Trinity Playgroup provides a toddler, an intermediate and a pre-kindergarten group. A post day program of after-school play, conversation, stories, games and the visual arts is available for all three groups. There is a flexible schedule and an enriching morning and afternoon program year round. [more]

 

Arch Street Preschool

Is a nonprofit organization with the mission of educating young children from a range of backgrounds, breaking down societal barriers that produce an inequality with regard to educational access. [more

 

Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons Family Solutions mission is to provide innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best. We are committed to providing the highest-quality child care, early education, and work/life solutions in the world. [more

The Caring Center      

The Bright Horizons Family Solutions mission is to provide innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best. We are committed to providing the highest-quality child care, early education, and work/life solutions in the world. [more

 

Clementine Montessori           

 

The mission of Clementine Montessori is to provide a quality educational experience based on the methods of Dr. Maria Montessori, who taught that children develop emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically by engaging their senses in an environment prepared spherically for them. [more

 

French Communications Institute  

 

Friends Child Care Center

 

FCCC provides an enriching environment of love, security and community to children between the ages of 3 months and Kindergarten. Through age appropriate experiences, its children learn respect for others, self-confidence and social skills. [more

 

The Giving Tree Daycare and Pre-School  The Giving Tree is a private childcare center located in the Logan Square area of Center City, Philadelphia.We strive to provide unique learning experiences for our children from infancy to Pre-K. Giving Tree students are engaged and educated through exploration of our sensory room, arts project created from our recycling corner, dance and music classes, and participation in community outreach. [more

 

Greene Towne School

Greene Towne School, located in Center City, Philadelphia, is dedicated to providing a stimulating learning environment for children ages 18 months to 6 years, consistent with the values and principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Greene Towne’s curriculum is designed to develop each child’s full human potential – emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially – and to foster a life-long love of learning. Greene Towne’s programs aim to meet the diverse needs of the children and families we serve. [more

 

Kindercare

We aim to be an extension of your family, supporting local communities and families for more than 40 years. You can have confidence that your child receives the best care and education possible at KinderCare Learning Centers.[more

 

 

Little Miracles Day Care  

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Beacon Center for Children
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-963-0748
FAX: 215-963-0439

                                                             Type of School                                                                 Private, Non-Sectarian

                                                                      Grade Levels                                                                              Preschool (2-5 years)and School Age Program (5-7 years)

                                                                       Director                                                                           Linda Burns

                                                                         Web                                                                             http://www.beaconcenterforchildren.com/

Beacon Center is a non-sectarian, racially non-discriminating pre-school for 2 to 5 year olds. The Center also has as after-school program for the Greenfield children in grades K-2. The school picks up the children from the Greenfield School, upon their dismissal, and escorts them to Beacon. The school is open all year round; full time from Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6 pm. Part time schedules are available.

Philosophy
The center provides educational, emotional, creative and social guidance for children in a home-like environment. It is the goal of the school to promote a positive self-image in children and to provide enjoyable activates which stimulate their curiosity, imagination, and intelligence. The school believes in sensory learning through play, games and manipulatives, making a child’s first “school” experience a relaxed, friendly, and joyous one. The Beacon Center is dedicated to excellence in childcare. The ultimate goal is to form a union with parents to help children develop confidence and a strong self-image.

The Program
The Beacon Center is dedicated to creating a home-like atmosphere of fun, challenge, understanding, and communication that will ensure the optimal growth of children, parents, and staff. The program combines a balance of indoor and outdoor activity time, quiet and active periods, teacher directed and children selected activities, allowing children to experiment and explore the world first hand, to be creative, and to develop to their fullest potential.

Children are divided into small groups; thus the program focuses on their individual needs and interests. The program consists of indoor and outdoor play, music appreciation, storytelling, drama, puppetry, dance, cooking, reading readiness, math, science, arts and crafts.

Children bring their own lunches. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

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Beginnings Learning Center
620 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tel: 215-627-3668
FAX: 215-627-7016

Type of School
Private

Grade Levels 18 months to K

Director
Jackie DeLombard

Web http://www.beginningspreschool.com/

Beginnings provides a loving, caring environment where children learn, through play, skills that will be important all through their lives. Social and emotional development is considered as important as academic achievement. Activities geared to each age group are offered to enhance this natural growth. Children are encouraged to make appropriate decisions, exercise independence and resolve conflicts under the guidance of highly qualified teachers.

The school is housed in two buildings, one for the Nursery school (ages 18 months to 3.5 years) and the Preschool for children 4 - K. The Nursery has an outdoor classroom deck and adjacent play yard with newly refurbished composite surface and an 8-foot fence surrounding it.

The school is small enough so that each child gets individual attention, but large enough so that children are exposed to a wide range of friendships and experiences. The diverse family backgrounds found at Beginnings provide a valuable resource for broadening the children's exposure to other cultures.

Through various activities students experience a language-rich environment that stimulates them to learn reading, math, basic science, and language. Art, music and movement activities are part of the daily experiences. Each morning includes stories, circle time, snack, and indoor and outdoor play. Older children spend part of each morning at one of two local parks. The preschool/kindergarten has implemented a new readiness program created by the Children's Literacy Initiative of Philadelphia.

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Children's Village Child Care
125 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-931-0190
FAX: 215-413-2102

Type of School
Independent, Non-profit

Grade Levels 13 months to 12 years

Executive Director
Mary Graham

Web
www.childrensvillagechildcare.com

Children's Village Child Care Center has served children and their families in the Center City area sine 1976. Nationally accredited (by NAEYC) since 1996, the center’s degreed teachers skillfully deliver a curriculum that responds to children’s interests and strengths.

There are over 200 toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and after-school participants enrolled in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art environment. Nutritious meals and snacks are served family style with daily opportunities to run, play ball, ride trikes and tumble.

Children's Village Child Care represents this century’s cutting edge of early childhood education by meeting nationally recognized standards for quality children’s educational programming in a setting that is respectful and responsive to all families.

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Formative Years
1925 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215-735-3558

Type of School
Private, Nonsectarian

Grade Levels Pre-K – Kindergarten and After School

Director
Ann M. Seelaus

http://www.formativeyearslearningcenter.com/

The Formative Years is a private, nonsectarian preschool and kindergarten serving the center city community. The program is designed for children between the ages of three and six years. After school and summer programs are available to a limited number of elementary school-aged children on a first come first serve basis. The after-school program offers homework supervision, snack, play, arts and crafts, and a chess club with instruction.

The Formative years is a supportive, caring educational environment which enables each child to have a happy, secure start in their growth as creative individuals. The development of the basic skills and competencies of childhood and preparation for the requirements of formal education are the major goals of the curriculum. Learning and recreational activities are flexibility planned around the characteristics, needs, interests, and goals of the children and parents.

The staff utilizes the well-equipped, open-education environment as well as the numerous resources of the city (parks, museums, libraries, etc.) to enhance each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical and academic development.

Parents are always welcome to participate in the children’s activities, including trips, parties and the daily program.

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Friends Select School
17th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 215-561-5900
FAX: 215-864-2979

Type of School
Independent, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Grade Levels Pre K -12

Head of School
Rose Hagan

Web www.friends-select.org

An excellent academic program, a diverse community, talented faculty and the timeless values of Quakerism create unmatched opportunity for students at Friends Select, a 480-student college preparatory day school. Students experience rigorous academic programs and competitive college placement, and acquire confidence, creativity and independent thinking.

Excellent extended day, vacation care, and summer programs are available for families, most of whom live or work in the city. Conveniently located on the Parkway in Center City, Friends Select occupies a unique campus featuring roof-top athletic fields and tennis courts, and shares joint programs with Parkway institutions and museums.

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The Philadelphia School
2501 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215-545-5323

Type of School
Nonsectarian, independent

Grade Levels Preschool - 8th Grade

Principal
Sandra Dean

Web Site
http://www.tpschool.org/

The Philadelphia School is a coeducational, nonsectarian independent school in Center City. The school offers a theme-based, interdisciplinary educational program to 356 students in preschool through eighth grade.

At the Philadelphia School the aim is to create an environment in which students will develop a love of learning that will remain with them throughout their lives. The school makes frequent use of the resources of the city, and students regularly experience a greener, less urban world at a nearby environmental center.

In the tradition of progressive education, the schools individualized approach to learning addresses developmental issues: how a child grows intellectually, emotionally, morally, socially, creatively, and physically. The school maintains the highest academic standards and is responsive to new developments in education.

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St. Peter's School
319 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-925-3963
FAX 215-925-3351

Type of School
Private, Independent, Multi-denominational

Grade Levels Pre K (3 year olds) to Grade 8

Principal
David J. Costello

Web http://st-peters-school.org/

St Peter's School (pre-school to grade 8) is an independent, multi-denominational, coeducational day school in the historic section of Philadelphia. It serves families from all parts of Philadelphia and South Jersey.

The school is distinguished by its small size – about 200 students and its commitment to civility, kindness, and excellence. St. Peter’s School, established in 1834, offers a traditional, yet innovative, curriculum including literature, mathematics, history, science, music as well as art, French, technology, and PE/sports.

Extended day programs are available.

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Trinity Playgroup
2212 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-732-2519
FAX: 215-7342-7519

Type of School
Private, Nonsectarian

Grade Levels 18 months – 51/2 years

Director
Christa Cywinski

http://www.trinityplaygroup.org/

Trinity Playgroup provides a toddler, an intermediate and a pre-kindergarten group. A post day program of after-school play, conversation, stories, games and the visual arts is available for all three groups. There is a flexible schedule and an enriching morning and afternoon program year round. Parents can choose as few as two mornings a week and as many as five full days, with a variety of pick up times.

The school is located in a large, architecturally beautiful space in the Parish House of Trinity Memorial Church. In addition to the three classrooms, the school has a spacious gross-motor area with room for dancing, climbing, riding bikes, and other stimulating exercise. Outside there are two sandboxes, climbers, picnic benches, a log cabin, and wading pools and sprinklers for summer. The school also takes advantage of the superb location to visit nearby parks, playgrounds, their garden plot, and the Public Library at Rittenhouse Square.

A close relationship is maintained with each family. Parents are encouraged to participate in Playgroup activities at least six hours per year.

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Arch Street Preschool 

1726 Arch Street

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103 

215.563.3763
Fax: 267.639.6979 

Type of School
Private 
Director 

REV. BILL GOLDERER 

Grade Level 2.5 years to 5 years.  

Arch Street Preschool is a nonprofit organization with the mission of educating young children from a range of backgrounds, breaking down societal barriers that produce an inequality with regard to educational access. The space that holds the preschool is a spectacular setting. An unused space undefined for decades undefined on the second floor of Arch Street Presbyterian Church, the space has been totally renovated and designed for the purpose of housing the school. The original architecture of the space, featuring 25-foot windows and custom millwork, has been preserved and re-purposed. It is a joyful environment. Call the school office at 215-279-7086 or email play@archstreetpreschool.org to visit. Tours are offered Tuesday and Friday mornings. All are welcome!

Come Play at Arch Street Preschool!

 Open House Play Days are Friday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Start your day at Arch Street Preschool. Children get to play in the new classrooms while adults enjoy a morning coffee and visit. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Feel free to stop in for a little or stay a while. Bring a friend!



Bright Horizons

  401 N 21st Street

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19130-3833 

215-563-6447 

Type of School


Grade Levels 
 6 Weeks to 5 years   

Director

Linda Mason 

Web http://www.brighthorizons.com


The Bright Horizons Family Solutions mission is to provide innovative programs that help children, families, and employers work together to be their very best. We are committed to providing the highest-quality child care, early education, and work/life solutions in the world.

We strive to:

  • Nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential
  • Support families through strong partnerships
  • Collaborate with employers to build family-friendly workplaces
  • Create a work environment that encourages professionalism, growth, and diversity
  • Grow a financially strong organization

We aspire to do this so successfully that we make a difference in the lives of children and families and in the communities where we live and work..

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The Caring Center 

3101 Spring Garden St.

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19104-2571 

215-386-8245 

Type of School


Grade Levels   6 Weeks to 8 years  
Director

web 

http://thecaringcenter.org 

Our Unique Features:

The Caring Center has several features which make it unique among other child care facilities in the area:

  • Open 52 weeks a year from 8a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Extended hours enabling parents to drop off their children an hour early (7a.m.) by prior arrangement
  • Voted “Best Place to Work” by Delaware Valley Association of Young Children
  • Please Touch Museum Educators of Distinction Award, Kindergarten
  • Accessible from Center City, The Art Museum area, West Philadelphia, and suburban locations
  • Well served by public transportation and adjacent to the Schuylkill Expressway
  • Meals and fresh baked goods prepared in our own kitchen
  • Trips and excursions around the city and region to broaden the children’s horizons
  • After-school and Summer Camp Program for 3 to 8 year-olds
  • Accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC)
  • Pennsylvania Keystone Stars  Program  4 Stars
  • Private Academic School License
  • National Raising a Reader Affiliate
  • PA PK Counts and Head Start Partnership with School District of Philadelphia
We serve as a model child care center for student teachers, practicum students and interns



Clementine Montessori 

2013 Applletree Street in St Celment's Church,

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-1409 

 

 33 Months to 6 years.  

Type of School
 

Grade Levels 
 33 Months to 6 years.   

Director
 

web 

www.clementinemontessori.org  

The mission of Clementine Montessori is to provide a quality educational experience based on the methods of Dr. Maria Montessori, who taught that children develop emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically by engaging their senses in an environment prepared spherically for them. We accomplish our mission by using classical Montessori principles and incorporating modern methods. We strive to realize the child’s potential in a supportive and challenging setting and we foster independence, social responsibility, community involvement, and environmental stewardship. We serve a student population and their families that reflects our diverse urban

fabric. School History Clementine Montessori (CM) opened its doors in September 2010 with one primary classroom led by two trained and certified Montessori teachers. In September 2011, CM will expand to two classrooms and the following year to three classrooms, serving approximately 40 children total. At this point in our strategic development, a Head of School. 



French Communications Institute

 2133 Arch St. Lower Atrium,

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-1350 

215-568-7765

Type of School
 

Grade Levels 
 2.5 years to 5.5   

Director
 

Web http://frenchcommunicationinstitute.org/


Friends Child Care Center

 1501 Cherry St. 

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19102-1403 

215-241-7011

 Fax: 215-864-6973

Type of School
 

Grade Levels 
3 Months to 5 years.   
Director
Web 

http://friendschildcare.org 

 FCCC provides an enriching environment of love, security and community to children between the ages of 3 months and Kindergarten. Through age appropriate experiences, its children learn respect for others, self-confidence and social skills. They develop curiosity about the world and learn to appreciate people who are different from them. The children grow emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively. They build a foundation of competence and confidence that prepares them for everyday situations and, ultimately, for school.

Our Mission states:

  • Friends Child Care Center is guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in every person. This belief inspires and informs everyday life at the Center while it affirms the individual value of each child, teacher and parent. The approach to learning is broad but simple: children learn to get along with other people as they experience the rewards of learning what they want to know.
  • Friends Child Care Center provides quality child care for young children whose parents are Friends Center employees or live/work in the Philadelphia area. We strive to reflect the cultural and economic diversity of our urban community. We encourage young children in their ability to be caring, curious, responsible beings.


The Giving Tree Daycare and Pre-School 

232 N 22nd Street

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-1004 

267-773-8268 

FAX: 267-861-0587

Type of School
 

Grade Levels 
, 6 Weeks to 5 years.   

Director
Web  
http://www.thegivingtreedaycare.com

At The Giving Tree, we believe that each child is unique, and therefore deserves a unique educational experience. To accomplish this, our teachers tailor classroom and outdoor activities to engage students in a manner that is best suited for their learning style and ability. We also believe that parents play the biggest role in any child's development. That's why our teachers communicate daily with parents and provide effective tools to help parents continue the learning process at home.

Above all, we hope to help our little ones become eager learners and good citizens who remain engaged in education throughout their lives.


Greene Towne School

 2121 Arch Street

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-1307 

215-563-6368 

Type of School
 

Grade Levels: 18 Months to 6 years 

Director 

Helena Gardy 

Web: ww.greenetowneschool.org 

Greene Towne School, located in Center City, Philadelphia, is dedicated to providing a stimulating learning environment for children ages 18 months to 6 years, consistent with the values and principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Greene Towne’s curriculum is designed to develop each child’s full human potential – emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially – and to foster a life-long love of learning. Greene Towne’s programs aim to meet the diverse needs of the children and families we serve.

Every aspect of Greene Towne stimulates creativity and learning.

             Educational materials are designed specifically for a young child’s mind and body, and the facility is colorful, bright and inviting. Boys and girls feel inspired, whether they are writing a short story with the moveable alphabet, taking pictures of their school for a photography exhibit, or watering seedlings in our container garden on the roof deck.

            At Greene Towne School, your child builds the skills and self-assurance that lead to a lifetime of learning. In a multi-age learning environment that nurtures the uniquepersonality and individual abilities of each child, Greene Towne’s trained Montessori teachers invite children to explore their own talents and to feel a real sense of accomplishment with each new skill learned. Our teachers care for and nurture every girl and boy, yet respect each child’s need for independence. Children become self-confident – inspired to learn new skills and improve on past achievements – preparing themselves for tomorrow.

            Since 1966, Greene Towne School has provided a quality Montessori education to Philadelphia children and families. Greene Towne’s certified Montessori teachers help your child:

·                          Have physical and mental independence, self-confidence, and self-control

·                          Manage the requirements of daily life

·                          Develop sense perception so that she or he perceives the world accurately

·                          Acquire language and math skills at his or her most receptive moments

·                          Demonstrate respect and sensitivity toward other children

            Each Greene Towne classroom, with a mix of ages, encourages children of different abilities and backgrounds to interact and learn from each other in a non-competitive environment. Each child is an individual moving at his or her own pace, building layer upon layer. A three-year-old can observe and learn penmanship or math from the older and more advanced children. Kindergarten boys and girls hone their own abilities and develop confidence by teaching younger children new skills. When a child completes the Montessori Primary program with the Kindergarten year, he or she emerges as a confident lifelong learner, eager and well-prepared to face new challenges. 



Kindercare

1700 Market St, Lower Level, 

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-3913 

215-563-9499 

FAX 215-563-9573  

Type of School
 

Grade Levels 
 6 Months to 6 years.   

Director

Dr. Elanna S. Yalow 

Web: http://www.kindercare.com 



Little Miracles Day Care

 2125 Chestnut St, 

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-3146 

215-568-7074 

FAX 215-568-5658

Type of School

Grade Levels 
18 Months to 6 years.   

Director

Karlyn Hawkins 

web 

http://www.littlemiraclesdaycare.com 

 











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