Best Schools and Camps for 2016 LOVE Awards
There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around Philadelphia, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies.
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Best Child Care
Olde City Day School
With a child-centered approach to learning and focus on nurturing and stable relationships, Olde City Day School’s three strategically located centers welcome infants through for days of play and a curriculum with special attention on language arts, creative endeavors, STEM learning, literacy, music, and physical activity. Themes and age-specific approached introduce ideas and concepts that invite the children to explore the world and prepare for future school success.
Locations in Old City, Newbold, and Germantown; oldecitydayschool.com
Busy Bees Learning Center
601 Walnut St., Philadelphia; busybeeschildcare.com
Book Worms Early Learning Center
307 N. Third St., Philadelphia; bookwormselc.com
Best Day Camp
Tall Pines Day Camp
Summer is spectacular at Tall Pines, a traditional summer day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 14t with an amazing facility that rivals many overnight camps’. Over half the staff are former campers, and 90 percent them return each summer to give campers a family-like experience.
“We enjoy watching campers from the city get some grass under their feet only minutes away from their homes,” says owner and director Andrew Yankowitz. “We’ve created a summer tradition for city children similar to the one that their parents may have experienced in their youth.”
1349 Sykesville Road, Williamstown, NJ; tallpinesdaycamp.com
Sesame/Rockwood Day Camp
1702 Yost Road, Blue Bell; srdaycamps.com
Blue Bell Camp
Best Overnight Camp
Camp Green Lane
Let them get away for the summer … but not too far! Camp Green Lane is a traditional overnight summer camp for boys and girls located in southeast Pennsylvania, about an hour from Philadelphia. With a program emphasizing participation, skill building, and teamwork through a combination of athletics, aquatics, the arts, and adventure, it’s a space kids love to return to year after year.
“We are truly a Camp Green Lane Family,” says Jay Freedman, owner and director. “The younger campers get to know the older campers, and vice versa. We eat all three meals together as a summer family. We are family.”
Pine Forest Camp
85 Pine Forest Road, Greeley; pineforestcamp.com
Sandy Hill Camp
3380 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD; sandyhillcamp.com
Children’s Community School
A great start can lay the foundation for an amazing educational career. At Children’s Community School, the staff honors and empowers children to engage their whole selves in learning, exploring, and making connections. Curriculum is a collaborative process between staff, teachers, and parents, and all work is anchored in child development and the principles of inquiry, mindfulness, and community.
“Raising children can be a hard and isolating endeavor,” says director Merryl Gladstone. “I love that through CCS, we create opportunities to provide resources and support families. We help families connect with each other and we create lots of space for celebrating each other and our milestones.”
1212 S. 47th St., Philadelphia; childrenscommunityschool.org
Schwartz Preschool at Kesher Israel
412 Lombard St., Philadelphia; schwartzpreschool.com
Mi Casita Spanish Preschool
1420 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia; micasitaphilly.com
Best Special Needs Program
OROT is an organization that supports diverse learning needs education in Jewish day schools for those children whose needs cannot be met by a resource room. In conjunction with host schools, OROT sets policy, creates and supervises programs, provides financial support, and advocates for the services provided to children with diverse learning needs.
7601 Old York Road, Melrose Park; orotkids.org
Village Care Family Services Inc.
4950 Parkside Ave. #6, Philadelphia; vcfsphila.org
Grow Through Play
1636 South St., Philadelphia; growthruplay.com
Best Tutoring Program
Carrie Waldron-Brown, Between The Lines Tutoring
Every child has amazing potential – they may just need the right one-on-one help to unlock it. With exemplary credentials, Waldron-brown brings an inspiring approach to teaching writing and multi-curricular subjects, fostering confidence and meeting students’ needs with academic strength and independence.
“The enjoyment and emphasis on education in our area generates a groundswell of intellectual stimulation,” she says. “There’s always something to learn, a new book to discuss, a new exhibit to see, new food to eat, new music to appreciate: our community is very alive and intellectually curious.”
Huntington Learning Center
Locations in Abington, Cherry Hill, North Wales, and Wilmington; huntingtonhelps.com