In response to the COVID pandemic, CCS is closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, and will not be operating in person summer camp. We anticipate, and are planning for, a regularly scheduled opening on August 31 for the 2020-21 school year. Detailed plans for changes to health and safety procedures, as well as other necessary changes to our program, will be posted here by early July. In the meantime, we are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year, and we do anticipate some seats being available for new families. Thank you for your patience as we create our plans to provide highest quality early childhood education while reducing risk for everyone in our community
“Your school has been such an incredible foundation for our family and one of the most powerful resources we could have ever imagined. You’ve given us tools we didn’t even realize we needed. Yet, when challenging moments arose, we noticed we were equipped and knew it was because of our time at CCS.”
– Elizabeth D., alum parent
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, alum 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, alum 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.
Q&A with a CCS Alum (6 years old)
“…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…. [The teachers] 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…Like they are interested in different kids of the class.” – CCS Alum (6 years old)