Preschool in Philadelphia, PA 19119
13 E Mount Pleasant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
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Childspace opened its initial center in the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia in September 1988 serving 20 children aged three months through two years with an After school program for 40 children in grade k-6th.The Mt. Airy center currently has an Infant/Toddler room a Twos Room a Preschool Room for three to five year olds a Summer Camp Program for children who have completed kindergarten through age 9 and an After School Program. In September 1992 Childspace opened a new center Childspace Too at 5517 Greene Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Another expansion came about in September 1999 when Childspace partnered with HELP Philadelphia and PHMC to open its third center Childspace West. The Childspace Centers were organized to provide high quality day care spaces for a diverse mix of children. An organizational structure was designed which would (hopefully) motivate talented day care workers to join and to remain in the field of early childhood education. The Childspace Model involves two
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The Childspace PHILOSOPHY is that children learn by experience. We believe that children must first feel emotionally and physically secure to be able to explore and learn from their environment. We are concerned with all aspects of childrens growth: social emotional cognitive and physical. We plan our program at each development level to provide opportunities for children to try new things both individually and in groups make new friends and have fun. Activities are provided in the classrooms outdoors in the gym and on trips. Our toys are kept on open shelves for easy accessibility to children. In group activities we recognize that each child is an individual and we encourage children to express themselves according to their own personalities through art music circle time body movement games imaginary play block play book time and cooking. We set limitations primarily with regard to the safety of all children. We try to teach children to respect each others person as well as their feelings and introduce children to the diversity found in society. We attempt to structure the classroom and activities in a way which allows choice and flexibility within the security of a consistent schedule and pattern of expectations. We encourage parents to get involved in our program make suggestions and ask questions.