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At Wonderspring, our mission is to develop, provide and advocate for high quality early childhood education, school age programs, and related services in support of all children and families.

Wonderspring welcomes two new Board members

 

Narberth PA—Wonderspring Early Education, a nonprofit provider of high-quality, safe, convenient, and affordable early childhood education throughout Greater Philadelphia, is pleased to welcome Jennifer Ghazzouli and Daniela Keller to its Board of Directors.

Jen has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources working in a variety of industries including financial services, retail, and healthcare. She currently serves as the Vice President/Managing Director of Talent Acquisition for OneMain Financial, the nation’s largest personal installment loan provider. She is responsible for leading and developing OneMain’s talent acquisition strategies and delivering programs including talent attraction, selection, talent pipelines as well as supporting strategic initiatives to drive organizational growth. Prior to joining OneMain Financial, Jen led Global Talent Acquisition for QVC, Inc.  Jen holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry/Biochemistry from LaSalle University.  She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  

Daniela has over 20 years of experience working in Human Resources partnering with leadership to achieve organizational vision, attract key talent, foster an innovative and collaborative culture. As an influential change agent, she seeks opportunities for continuous improvement while driving inclusion and employee experience. She is currently a Senior People Operations Partner at La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Previously, she served as Wawa’s first People Team Business Partner and spent 10 years as a Sr HR Business Partner at QVC. Daniela holds a Master of Science in Human Resources from Weider University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University. As a working mother, Daniela says she understands the importance of high-quality childcare and is looking forward to supporting Wonderspring in its efforts to help children and families thrive.

Wonderspring operates in ten locations throughout the Philadelphia region. In addition to its early education centers, Wonderspring offers school-age programs to ensure children receive educational experiences and care before and after the school day. The organization’s summer camp for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade offers weekly themed sessions that provide opportunities for fun, exploration and learning throughout the summer. For more information, visit wonderspring.org.

 

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Promotions and New Hires at Wonderspring

Promotions

As you may be aware, the early childhood sector is experiencing an unprecedented staffing crisis. At Wonderspring, we are working hard to ensure that we are an employer of choice and that we retain our talented and dedicated staff. One important way we do this is by providing pathways to career growth to our employees. To that end we are proud to highlight Wonderspring staff who have recently been promoted.

Elissha Mattheis is Wonderspring’s new Talent Development Manager. Elissha, who previously served as the Director of our Powelton Village center, Elissha has more than ten years of experience working with young children in various roles both in the United States and Abroad. Prior to joining Wonderspring she  worked in roles that include Intensive In-Home Specialist, Teacher, and Assistant Director. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Social Relations, Elissha is devoted to ensuring that Wonderspring continues to hire quality employees that will serve Wonderspring’s children and families. She is excited about recruiting talented and enthusiastic people to join our team. 
   
Monica Williams has been promoted to Director of our Powelton Village center. Monica has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern University and 17 years of experience working with children and families. She most recently served as Assistant Director at our Narberth Center. Monica is passionate about fostering child development through positive engagement and play-based learning and is excited to bring her skills to her new role at Powelton!
   
Angela Giuliani has been promoted to the role of Assistant Director at our Narberth center. Angela has been a Pre-K teacher for over 15 years, with the last three at Wonderspring. She has a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Penn State and a dual Master’s from Neumann University in elementary and special education. This year she was also one of only 50 teachers nationally to receive the 2021 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Award, which acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education.
   

New Hires

Bob Harker is Wonderspring’s new Director of Facilities Operations. Bob has 15 years of building and trades experience. He has an associates degree in Facilities Management from the Community College of Philadelphia and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing games, watching movies and listening to music. He’s also a a huge Philly sports fan, Bob is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to Wonderspring to ensure it is safest and most desirable location for children and families.
   
Leah Booker is the new Director at our New Market West center. Leah received her Bachelor’s degree in in Kinesiology from West Chester University and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from University of Phoenix. Working with children and being a youth advocate has been Leah’s life’s work. She has served in various capacities for the School District of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia YMCA and most recently, Storefront Academy Charter Schools. Leah is looking forward to leading the awesome New Market West team, creating dynamic relationships with families, and impacting every child beyond expectations!
   
Alicia Vaux is the new Assistant Director of our Wynnewood center. Alicia previously served as a Pre-K Counts teacher for the Berks County Intermediate Unit. She has also taught Head Start and worked at a private childcare center. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education Pre-K through 4th grade from Shippensburg University and Master’s in Reading Education from Holy Family University. Alicia has a passion for child development and leadership and is excited to support the children and staff at Wynnewood. 
   
Rasheeda McLean is the new Assistant Director at our Powelton Village center. Rashida has a wealth of experience working with young children. Prior to joining Wonderspring, she taught Pre-K and Kindergarten students for 6 years before founding a pre-school in Philadelphia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from Rosemont College and received her Pennsylvania Director Certification in childcare from Arcadia University.
   
   
 

We’re still hiring!

Do you know someone who wants a career making a difference in the lives of children and families? Wonderspring is still working to fill numerous teacher and assistant teacher positions at its centers. 
You can learn more about what makes Wonderspring such a wonderful place to work and view all our open positions HERE.

 

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New Market West Grand Opening

Elected officials, community partners and education advocates joined Wonderspring at a festive ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of New Market West, its brand-new early childhood education center in West Philadelphia.

       

   

 

Serving up to 123 children and creating 30 jobs

According to Wonderspring CEO, Zakiyyah Boone, Wonderspring New Market West will serve up to 123 infants through school-age children and will create 30 jobs. The new center will provide high-quality, evidence-based programming that meets the state’s Early Learning Standards by focusing on the intellectual, developmental, social, emotional, and relational aspects of the whole child.
 
“This center has been a long time in the making, but we have poured so much love and passion into this project and we couldn’t be more thrilled to open our doors to the children and families of West Philadelphia,” said Boone.
 
    

Bringing resources to families

The new center is located in the New Market West neighborhood transformation development, which is bringing high-quality early childhood education, primary health care, support for previously homeless single-parent families, behavioral health services, and community-serving retail to a transit-accessible location together with affordable rental housing to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia.
 
“We recognize the importance of ensuring that families have the resources they need to thrive. The fact that New Market West is a neighborhood transformation initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for the community was a key driver in our decision to open a center here,” said Boone.
 
Philadelphia City Councilman, Curtis Jones, noted that “New Market West represents the transformation of land that was once an abandoned gas station to a high-quality education center for our children. But this is even more than an educational center,” he said. “It is an economic development project, because without reliable childcare, parents cannot return to work.”
 
Sean Perkins, Chief of Early Childhood Education for the City of Philadelphia spoke to the importance of high-quality childcare. “This is where deductive reasoning, executive function, negotiation skills, literacy and empathy begins,” he said.
 
Wonderspring is currently enrolling children at the new center. Click the button below to complete an application.
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We’re pre-enrolling at New Market West

 

Wonderspring Early Education, a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of high-quality, safe, convenient, and affordable early childhood education throughout Greater Philadelphia, is pre-enrolling at its newest high-quality early childhood education center at 59th and Market Streets in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia. What’s more, we’re offering discounts to all families who pre-enroll.

The center is located in the neighborhood transformation development called New Market West, which also features primary health care, support for previously homeless single-parent families, behavioral health services, and retail.

Serving infants through school-age children, the new center will provide high-quality, evidence-based programming that meets the state’s Early Learning Standards by focusing on the intellectual, developmental, social, emotional, and relational aspects of the whole child. Among the highlights of the new center is a beautiful outdoor learning space outfitted with playthings that ignite imagination and promote open-ended play and learning.

“Wonderspring is committed to increasing access to high-quality care for all children and we’re thrilled to be opening a gorgeous, brand new, high-quality center in this neighborhood,” says Wonderspring CEO, Zakiyyah Boone.  “Our focus is on sparking the creativity and wonder in children and Wonderspring New Market West offers the perfect environment for children to tap into their natural curiosity and develop a lifelong love of learning.”

Want to learn more? Call our fabulous center director Cherrelle Shaw at 215-798-9961 and schedule a safe, socially distant tour or request more information here.

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