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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For public workshops and events, enrollment info, open houses, and other very occasional updates.

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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.


“I want to give huge props to [the Magnolia teachers] for the work they did when CCS moved online. A friend of mine has a daughter who is the same age as ___, and her preschool teachers were great in person, but when they moved online the curriculum was pretty much the same except over Zoom in a big group session where the kids were muted. My friend’s daughter was not engaged and ended up not really attending any of them.

In contrast, I’m not exaggerating when I say that the work the Magnolia teachers did could win a national award (Are there any awards like this? I would nominate them in a heartbeat). Every weekday we received thorough emails with activity ideas and videos from the teachers. They set up three different types of video chats each week – big group, small group and individual. I only got to witness a few of the small group sessions but when I did, the teachers were full of joy and play interacting with the children. They would play games that made sense via Zoom, like the kids hiding from the video camera. One time ___ was feeling shy or sad so she was mostly just watching and sucking her thumb. I heard Teacher Patricia say something like, “If we were in the classroom right now, I think ___ would be in the Peace Corner. Is that right, ___?” And ___ nodded.
The teachers coordinated the silk worm project which was a joy to participate in at home. They organized physical materials for a countdown chain. They put together beautiful share-and-tell videos every week. They created a special series of videos just for parents about self care, how to make a schedule, etc. They navigated the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement online. They organized a beautiful, celebratory and safe in-person graduation ceremony complete with an obstacle course!
It was clear that the teachers poured their heart and souls into this care for the children and ___ definitely felt it. She missed her teachers greatly and knew that they loved her. All of these efforts helped her stay connected with her CCS experience and provided enrichment during a very challenging time.”

—a Magnolia class parent of a 5 year old; July 2020

“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)