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Patricia Claybrook joins Wonderspring Board

Patricia Claybrook

Wonderspring is pleased to welcome Patricia Claybrook to its Board of Directors. Patricia serves as CEO of Jidan Cleaning, a commercial cleaning company. She previously worked in in pharmaceutical sales and as the Director of Market Development for VITAS Hospice.

Patricia was was selected as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s chosen “Minority Business Leader” and one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Business Women to Know.”  She earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College. She attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Entrepreneurial Program in 2013 and the Turner School of Construction Management in 2014. Most recently, Patricia graduated the Pipeline Accelerator Program at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in 2019.

Patricia has also served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central &Southern New Jersey, the Board of Directors for the Franklin and Marshall College Alumni Association, and the Board of Trustees for the Food Bank of South Jersey.

 

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Wonderspring to offer preschool in Havertown

Wonderspring, a nonprofit provider of high-quality early education and out-of-school-time programs, announced that it will be offering services at a new Havertown location in partnership with the former St. Faith Preschool and Kindergarten. The new site, located  at 1208 Allston Road in the Brookline section of Havertown, will be known as Wonderspring Havertown.

Currently licensed by the PA Department of Education, Wonderspring Havertown will offer preschool for children ages 3-5 from the hours of 9am-3pm.  It will be led by the current Director of St. Faith, Beth Dougherty, who has served at St. Faith for 12 years as both a teacher and Director.  The former St. Faith teaching staff is also expected to remain at the school.

Founded in 1964, Wonderspring has served hundreds of children in its many early childhood centers in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties and its multiple school-age sites.  Wonderspring’s programs are designed to tap into a child’s natural curiosity through age-appropriate curriculum that encourages growth, exploration and creativity. The organization’s commitment to quality is evidenced by the fact that its centers operate at a PA Keystone STAR 4 level and its school-age programs are nationally recognized by the Council of Accreditation.

According to Dougherty, “St. Faith has been serving the community as a nonprofit organization for over 50 years. The school’s curriculum is selected to foster the love of learning and self-confidence in a nurturing and caring environment.”

“Wonderspring and St. Faith are natural partners,” says Zakiyyah Boone CEO of Wonderspring. “Both have a long history of providing high-quality early education utilizing evidence-based, child-centered curriculum. I am thrilled for the opportunity to partner with the staff of St. Faith to continue to provide these services for children and families in Havertown and the surrounding area.”

Wonderspring Havertown will begin serving children on September 7th. The organization will host an open house at the new location on August 24th from 3-5pm and invites families and their children to tour the facility and meet the staff. 

For more information and to register go HERE

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Join us June 6th for our next Family Virtual Workshop

At our next Family Virtual Workshop we’ll be discussing  How to Hold it All Together. Our presenter is Learning (SEL) Specialist Helen Ober who has worked with thousands of parents and teachers. Her mission is to equip them with the skills that support a child’s emotional health, encourage them to simply love and let go of perfection, and to empower them to be the confident leader children need.

TIME

7:00 – 8:00 pm
8:00 – 8:30 Q & A

PLACE
The comfort of your own home…
Zoom Link
www.zoom.us/j/5502121560

 

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Wonderspring CEO Appointed to Statewide Child Care Board

Wonderspring is thrilled to announce that CEO Zakiyyah Boone has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA). PACCA is a statewide non-profit membership organization that exists to be strong and effective advocates for high-quality early care and education programs.
 
For more than 40 years, PACCA has served as a resource and clearinghouse of information for practitioners, agencies, press, legislators and the general public. Founded in 1973, PACCA has helped to inform, update and represent child care providers on existing and changing laws, regulations, policies and developmental research relating to early education and child care.
 
PACCA’s members operate nearly 2,400 center, group and family child care programs employing over 20,000 staff and caring for over 140,000 children aged birth through school-age. Its membership also includes agencies that provide county-wide child care resources and referral services.
 
“I’m honored to serve on the PACCA Board of Directors alongside other leaders who are unapologetically and relentlessly passionate about access to quality education for all children,” says Boone. “I wholeheartedly believe education is the best way to eradicate poverty and it is my life’s mission to support quality education.”
 
She notes there are three primary issues she hopes to work to address: the need for increased funding for early education, developing a workforce of quality staff, and building professional respect for the field.
 
“Eighty percent of a child’s brain development occurs before the age of 5,” says Boone. “That’s why affordable, high-quality early education is so critical to a child’s success in school and beyond. It is my hope that my passion and energy for this field will inspire others to advocate on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children and families.”
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