Welcome to the Children’s Community School, a learning community that honors and empowers children to engage their whole selves in education. Our students engage their bodies, minds, and emotions to make meaning, form relationships, and develop an understanding of themselves as active members of a community.
Our primary program is a preschool, serving children from 18 months through 5 years old. We are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, September through June. We offer a variety of schedules for part- and full-time enrollment, ranging from 8 to 50 hours per week.
In addition to our preschool program, we also offer a summer camp, an after-school program for school-age children, and vacation care on days when the preschool and/or the school district are closed.
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CCS is working to provide highest-quality care to all children! All donations are tax-deductible, and unless otherwise specified go directly to financial aid for economically disenfranchised families. Click the button below to donate any time, or contact for more information.
When [my partner] told me around this time last year that she was taking a second job so we could afford to send our sons to a preschool allllll the way in West Philly, I thought she had lost her marbles … I thought that putting them in any kind of program wasn’t the best choice for them and that we should try to help [our oldest son] with his big feelings and behaviors at home and continue his physical therapy services here, too. Today was [my sons’] last day of the year at Children’s Community School and I admit that I was completely wrong. This year at CCS the kids have learned so many skills of independence and have increased their problem solving and interpersonal skills. The school taught them through extremely thoughtful activities and developmentally appropriate play. The boys came home covered in mud and excited to tell us about their days, and we also got daily emails with pictures from the school. The teachers really cared about our kids and kept them safe, and they brought out the absolute best in [our oldest son] especially, seeing the great parts of him that can take a little bit to get to know. His only problem with CCS was that he wanted to stay there “until it gets dark outside, every day.” It was so nice to be sending our kids somewhere where we trusted 100% that they were getting the absolute best. The best part of all is that now the kids have a positive association with what school is and can be. That is something that is so important and wonderful. I cannot recommend this place enough.
—Krys Belc, former CCS parent
CCS has been such a great spot for our kids. Our kids are nurtured and listened too. They have opportunities to explore, create, and question all while being properly scaffolded and supported. The teaching staff are extremely knowledgeable and attentive. Our kids learn skills that help them feel empowered and engaged in their friendships and community.
—Caleb Arnold, CCS parent
Thank you for a wonderful visit with the Redbud Class at the Children’s Community School. I truly enjoyed the morning with your teachers and students. There were many things I admired… The children were happy and engaged in joyful learning, teachers made transitions gentle and smooth, and small groups provided opportunities for discussion and relationship building. I also enjoyed your outside playground and how children could flow from playing independently to joining with a peer—or lay on the ground with a teacher to look up at the sky.
What do you think people might like about CCS?
That there is a great playground with a sandbox, and the classes have kind teachers, and there’s a lot of free space in the common room and the yard. And they have centers.
When you were a kid here for preschool, what were things that you liked about CCS?
All of those things.
What do you remember about the teachers?
Well, they are kind. They help kids when they have a problem. And, well, they have meetings. To tell how their feelings are and stuff. And they have special interests.
Special interests like what?
Like they are interested in different kids of the class.
So do you think this is a good place for people to send their kids?
—CCS alum, age 6