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Top Daycares In Philadelphia

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If you're in the market for a daycare center in Philadelphia, you're in luck! There are so many wonderful options in every part of the city that offer quality and diverse learning experiences that it can be a bit overwhelming to choose between all of them. We've chosen some that really stand out from the crowd to make your search a little easier! - Brandi Jeter

Cuddles –N-Care

7707 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118


If your child thrives with structure, Cuddles-N-Care is the center for you!  CNC offers an age-appropriate curriculum that focuses on academic development.  Children learn to read and do simple math, and are taught how to think critically.  They have plenty of fun, too, and in the summer months, the center adopts a camp schedule and takes children out on trips several times a month! (18 months – 5 years)

UCP Best Friends

102 E. Mermaid Lane Philadelphia, PA 19118


Ask any parent of a child who attends UCP Best Friends what the best thing about the center is, and they'll tell you that the teachers are just so nice!  Kindness isn't all that UCP Best Friends has going for it, though.  This fully-inclusive center, where children with and without disabilities are educated alongside each other, encourages learning by taking children on field trips and hosting performances and other events! (3 months – 5 years)

Childspace Mt. Airy

13 E. Mt. Pleasant St. , Philadelphia, PA 19109


Childspace's unique workers' cooperative, where teachers become part-owners, is a key factor in the center's low turnover rate.  Low turnover and happy teachers make for a positive environment for children!  Children at Childspace learn by doing, and a diverse option of activities, accessibility of toys and materials, and flexible teachers make it easy for children to express themselves, and learn at their own pace. (6 weeks – preschool)

Trinity Playgroup

2212 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19103


A caring staff with decades of experience in early childhood education makes Trinity Playgroup a standout!  The center uses a play-centered approach to build skills, and is very intentional about encouraging self-confidence. Trinity Playgroup recognizes the power of positive relationships, and encourages and supports parental involvement. (18 months – preschool)

Moonstone Preschool

750 S. 11th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147


Moonstone Preschool is an arts-intensive program that fosters learning through creative expression.  Children are exposed to a wide range of experiences, including museum visits and garden walks, in order to stimulate the senses and provide a well-rounded learning experience!  Frequent student art shows and performances give students an opportunity to shine at Moonstone Preschool! (18 months – preschool)

The Parent Infant Center

4205 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19104


For parents who live or work in West Philadelphia, The Parent Infant Center provides a quality, child-centered approach to learning. Children learn by playing and are guided by teachers who encourage positive communication and teach students how to appreciate their similarities and differences.  This center boasts an amazing outdoor play space, and is located in a beautiful setting on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. (6 weeks to 5 years old)

About the Author:  Brandi Jeter is a Teaching Artist and Curriculum Development Specialist raising a 1 year old daughter in Philadelphia.  She writes for the blog, Mama Knows It All! at

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