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Why Wonderspring?

Why choose Wonderspring? Our focus is on providing the highest quality care and education to families. we are proud that all of our centers have achieved a Keystone STAR 4 rating indicating the highest level of quality from Pennsylvania’s quality assurance program, Keystone STARS. Wonderspring is also nationally recognized by accreditation organizations including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Council on Accreditation (COA). Additionally, are also members of Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) and many regional and state wide stakeholder groups to ensure our youngest children have access to the best care and education. We provide our Center Directors and staff continuous training to support our safe, secure, engaging, and fun environments for children to grow and develop.
 
A recent study published in the Journal of Child Development affirms the importance of selecting a quality early childhood education center. The longitudinal study examined how quality center-based care affected the early cognitive and language development in 89 African American children ages 6 to 36 months. It concluded that higher quality care was related to higher measures of cognitive development, language development and communication skills even after adjusting for selected child and family characteristics.The study also found that children in classrooms with recommended child:adult ratios had better language skills and those in classrooms that met recommendations regarding teacher education had better cognitive and receptive language skills. 
 

But don’t just take our word for it, hear what some of our parents have to say about Wonderspring:

“I love Wonderspring! I am a single working mother of two small children, ages 3 & 4-yrs old. Words can’t express how extremely lucky & thankful I am to have found such a quality daycare minutes from home in my neighborhood of West Philadelphia. All of the teachers and administration at Families First are exceptional, extremely dedicated and committed. The classrooms are always well maintained, clean and actively engaged. My mind is at ease knowing my children are in a safe, learning and loving environment while I’m at work. Wonderspring’s mission to the children and families of the center far surpasses their Keystone 4-stars rating. Wonderspring is housed on a beautifully manicured playground; another of its many added bonuses! On a personal note, my son, who was diagnosed with both a speech and gross motor delay before attending daycare, has overcome his obstacles thanks to Wonderspring and his therapists. He has been transformed into a confident, social, respectful little person, who eagerly discusses the highlights of his daily activities and shares his expanding vocabulary. My daughter has also been foot-printed with a love of learning, insisting that I read to her nightly. When I pick them up, they often don’t want to come home. Thank you so much Wonderspring for the great job with my babies, it’s truly a “home away from home.” We love Wonderspring! They are & will always be our family!” – Kamala Boyer-Mayes

 

“Wonderspring is truly an amazing place, and Tyler learned so much in his time there. You can tell by the look on his face at pick up that he loved his school and teachers. Every day, the teachers made us feel so comfortable and confident leaving our son at Wonderspring each day. As a parent, there’s nothing better than knowing your child is in such good hands while you’re at work.  It was comparable to leaving him with a family relative. Wonderspring deserves so much credit for creating such a positive learning environment and hiring such amazing teachers.” – Lauren Hudson

 

“Kasim has learned a lot since coming to Wonderspring and loves his school and his classmates… I have noticed a big improvement this year and am looking forward for more to come!” – Fatisha Quainoo

 

“My daughter enjoyed the Wonderspring Day Camp and this was her third year attending. The teachers and CITs were wonderful and always available to answer questions. There is a variety of activities, and my daughter would tell me time and time again how much she liked to go to camp. I would recommend this camp to anyone!” – Carrie McWilliams

 

My son, Peter first became involved with Wonderspring when he attended P.M. Kindergarten Enrichment after A.M. KindergartenHe had such a wonderful time at Wonderspring as a kindergarten student that when it came time to select a summer camp, Wonderspring seemed like the perfect, most logical option. And what a great fit for Peter and our family! Peter loved attending summer camp during the summers of 2010 and 2011. In fact, Peter would often ask me to drop him of early and pick him up late. I am very grateful to the teaching staff at Wonderspring for providing Peter with such a wonderful summer camp experience. The combination of fun activities combined with educational ones allowed Peter to make friends, stay engaged with school work, and blow off steam! Peter was exposed to new people, places, and things, which is exactly what we wanted for him. I highly recommend Wonderspring’s kindergarten enrichment program and summer camp program. As a working parent, Wonderspring provides families with comfort and peace of mind. I know my child is safe and well cared foris having fun and learning a lot in the process.” – Kate Szumanski

 

“I chose Wonderspring because it seemed like a good school/childcare for both Alexander and Joseph. The environment was just so warm and welcoming. I like all the activities they do with the children and the time the staff spends with them. I have seen my children learn quite a few things.” – Virginia De la Rosa

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