Children's Village

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General Information
Description of AgencyPrograms: Overview of our Commitment to Children and Families

Children Village offers a year-round Early Care and Education Program for Toddlers (13 months-3 years) and Preschoolers (ages 3-5); and out-of-school-time (OST) academic enrichment programming for children, ages 5-13. We provide Head Start services to 136 eligible families and intervention and case management services for children with special needs, which is led by a psychologist. Children's Village is a passionate early learning advocate, working to ensure the doors to affordable, high-quality early learning and school-age enrichment are open to every child. We also offer a nationally recognized Parent Engagement Program and are at the forefront of early learning programs that are taking steps to improve children's health through nutritious meals and snacks, physical activity, and health education. In 2015, we were one of 10 GSK Impact Award winners, recognized for our work to build a healthier Philadelphia community. In 2017 Children's Village started offering high-quality professional development (PD) and technical assistance (TA) for early educators, administrators, ECE students, and policy makers; and is poised to opening a Learning Annex in December 2017. Such training is critical, in light of Philadelphia's adoption of universal pre-k and the need for highly-qualified and well trained early educators.
MissionChildren's Village is a nonprofit that provides early childhood education and school-age academic enrichment distinguished by excellence and family diversity. Working together with children, parents, and the community, we promote a society that is fair, compassionate, and economically vibrant.

Our Strategic Plan 2015-2018 focuses on three goals: Ownership of Excellence; Community; and Sustainability. Our core values include: Children First; Excellence; Community Vibrancy; Respecting Diversity; Collaboration; and Advocacy.
HistoryHere's A Snapshot Of Our History, From Our Start In 1976
Children's Village opens as one of the first industry-related state-licensed child care centers in Center City Philadelphia. The non-profit Council for Revitalization of Labor and Industry (CLI) leads the collaborative effort to create a high-quality early care and education program for children of parents working in the unionized garment industry. Partners include: the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the Amalgamated Unions, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and area foundations.
Children's Village's program offers high-quality care and education, meals prepared in our on-site kitchen, and support services for families.
Children's Village moves (across the street) to our current home.
Children's Village becomes independent from CLI. Children's Village adds The Toddler Program to respond to the needs of our community.
Children's Village is among the first programs in Philadelphia to earn accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Children's Village is among the first programs eligible to participate in Child Care Matters (CCM), a collaboration of key local child care organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania established to improve accessibility, affordability, and quality care. CMM, which runs through 2003, is funded by the William Penn Foundation and United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. CMM provides subsidies for low-income children to be enrolled in accredited child care sites and improves teacher education by providing scholarships to child care workers through T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps).
Children's Village collaborates with a local Head Start agency and opens one of the first Head Start/Child Care Collaborative programs in Pennsylvania.
Children's Village plans and embarks on a major expansion project to respond to the ever-growing number of families turning to our exemplary program. The Women's Community Revitalization Project spearheads our capital campaign. Major grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the William Penn Foundation ensure the successful fundraising effort. The result: our space expands, nearly doubling to 300 the number of children we can serve. The new facilities also accommodate programmatic changes to reflect best practice approaches regarding class size.
Children's Village opens a small after-school program for a handful of school-age children. This program evolves into The School-Age Program, which enriches out-of-school time for more than 100 children annually.
Children's Village participates in the Early to Learn (E2L) initiative. United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania implements E2L to improve children's physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive school-readiness skills that lead to success in the classroom.
Children's Village earns the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) Early Childhood Program Best Places to Work Award.
Children's Village enters into an agreement with the School District of Philadelphia to continue as a Head Start provider. Services expand, enhancing our counseling, interpretation and translation, and other support programs for families.
Our decade-old "lending library on wheels" now has a permanent home our on-site PNC GROW UP GREAT Library opens with 1,500 titles. Today, it houses more than 3,000 books.
Children's Village is recognized as one of the top ten early childhood education centers in the nation for excellence in Engaging Diverse Families. Children's Village Earns National Award for Engaging Diverse Families) by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Children's Village marks 35 years of high-quality early care and education. Children's Village makes room to welcome more children to our home at 125 N. 8th Street, Philadelphia. We expand to our 5th floor, adding three new classrooms.
The growth step responds to the community's need for our part-day/part-year Preschool Program and the School District of Philadelphia's invitation to increase the number of preschoolers we serve through Head Start. The new preschool classrooms, which are unoccupied in the late afternoon and summer, double as School-Age Program classrooms. Our School-Age Program, which had been serving kindergartners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, now also includes 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
Children's Village celebrates 36 years of serving children, families, and our community. Children’s Village awarded NAEYC reaccreditation, earning near-perfect scores.
After two years of fundraising, Children's Village renovates its on-site commercial kitchen in August. The redesigned facility and equipment upgrades accommodate our ever-growing enrollment and our higher nutrition standards.
In September, we add a 7th School-Age Program classroom to respond to community need. One of our part-day, part-year preschool classrooms doubles as the new classroom, allowing us to maximize the capacity of our existing space.
Children's Village welcomes 450+ toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children, the most in our history. While we are proud to respond to the needs of our community and serve an ever-growing number of children and families, we are equally proud to maintain our commitment to excellence for every child.
Happy 40th Birthday to us! In recognition of our outstanding contributions to a healthier Philadelphia region, Children's Village is a 2015 GSK IMPACT Award Winner, one of only ten local nonprofits selected for the honor. Presented in partnership with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), the GSK IMPACT Award carries a $40,000 prize.
Children's Village's Board of Directors also adopts a new Strategic Plan, our sixth, for 2015-2018.To read our new Mission, Vision, and Core Values, visit About Us.
Children's Village continues to set the standard of early learning excellence, as highlighted in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Philadelphia Inquirer January 31, 2016 A quality pre-k program dedciated to its mission. Children's Village undertakes the renovation of our well-loved 2nd floor play deck, replacing the climbing wall, adding a play table scaled for younger children, and installing a new frame and awning. Children's Village marks its 40th year!
Through professional development trainings, our PQAS-certified administrators and teachers are sharing their expertise through a range of courses, including S.T.E.M. in the After-School Classroom, Digital Literacy, and an array of business and finance workshops for practitioners.
The William Penn Foundation awards us a $348,125 grant to construct an on-site Adult Learning Annex. The largest one-year grant in our 41-year history, this funding allows us to take a major step toward our goal to create Philadelphia's first hands-on training lab for educators within a high-quality early education program. We will soon share our expertise with more teachers, directors, student-teachers and support staff in a new state-of-the-art Adult Learning Annex.
Geographic AreaPhiladelphia
Public TransportationAccessible by Market/Frankford line, bus, and regional rail lines (Jefferson Station)
Facility/ADA AccessElevator services 5 floors. Handicapped accessible ramp and bathroom are located on first floor.
Intake ProcedureWelcome to Children's Village! All of us at Children's Village want to work closely with you. Children benefit when their home and school lives are well integrated. Children feel more secure when they see their teachers and parents talking together, smiling, and sharing important information back and forth. A strong bridge between home and school provides the best chance for a child's school success.

Families participate in a personalized intake interview prior to the child's first day. We discuss your child's daily routines, favorite things to do, and how to help your child adjust here at Children's Village. Parent/teacher conferences are held twice a year to review the child's development and learning goals. Classroom volunteer opportunities, parent workshops, and advisory committee participation are all available to parents and important family members.

We look forward to working with you to help us get to know you, your family, and your child. Children's Village serves a broad diversity of families. As we get to know you, we can respond to your growing and changing needs. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule a tour of the program, or if you have any questions or concerns.
Beth Baker
Family Services Director
215-931-0192 /
Intake RequirementsHere's what you can expect at the intake interview:
• We gather contact information for anyone permitted to pick up your child as well as for those you would want us to call in event of an emergency.
• We will ask about your child's food, medical, or activity restrictions.
• We will discuss your child's daily routines (eating, sleeping, diapering, or toileting, favorite things to do) and how your child typically handles new situations.
• Most of the intake interview is held in the classroom so that your child can observe the new surroundings, and, if he or she wants to, participate in activities.
Funded ByPennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), parent fees, foundation and corporate grants, Pre-K tax credits, and individual donations.
Licensed ByPA Department of Human Services (DHS)
Agency TypeNon-profit
Client Information
Intended Participants• Children: 13 months-13 years
• Their Families
• Non-English speaking families and children
• Families eligible for public funding (Child Care
Information Services (CCIS), Head Start, or Pre K
Counts) and private paying families.
• Early educators, administrators, ECE students, and
policy makers

Currently we serve 414 children (November 2017): 51 toddlers (13-35 months), 212 preschoolers (3-5), and 151 school-agers (5-12). Eighty-nine percent of children are eligible for public funding (Child Care Information Services (CCIS), Head Start, or Pre K Counts. Seventy-six percent of children speak a language (Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish) other than English at home.
Languages SpokenChinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujinese), Spanish, Indonesian
EligibilityWelcome! Enroll Your Child With Us At Children's Village
Here's an overview of the enrollment process. You'll also find our fees and forms.

To Apply:
Your child may be younger than 13 months to submit an application and to be placed on the waiting list for enrollment.

To Enroll:
A gentle reminder that in order for your child to be enrolled in our program:
Your toddler must be at least 13-months old
Your preschooler must be at least 3-years old

Please visit our website: to access enrollment forms:
• Enrollment Application March 2017(word doc)
• Enrollment Application March 2017 (pdf)
• Child Health Report PDF (must be completed by a physician)
• Eligibility Application for HS PKC March 2017 (word doc)
• Eligibility Application for HS PKC March 2017(pdf)
• 2017 2018 Fee Schedule March 2017
Hours of OperationMonday through Friday 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Contact Information
Contact's NameMs. Mary Graham
Contact's PositionExecutive Director
Contact's Phone215-931-0197
Physical Site Address 1125 North 8th Street
Physical Site City, State, ZipPhiladelphia, PA 19106
Mailing Address 1125 North 8th Street
Mailing City, State, ZipPhiladelphia, PA 19106
Main Phone215-931-0190
Director Information
Director's NameMs. Mary Graham
Director's PositionExecutive Director
Director's Phone215-931-0197
Additional Information
Facebook Pagefacebook.comChildrensVillageFamilies
Twitter Handle@ChildrensVPhila
Affiliated Programs and Services
This Agency: Children's Village
Affiliated Programs: Children's Village - Philadelphia; Chinatown
Affiliated Services: Children's Village - Early Learning Advocacy - Philadelphia; Chinatown
Children's Village - Out of School Time - Philadelphia; Chinatown