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Welcome to Friends Child Care Center


Friends Child Care Center was founded in 1978 by American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, within Friends Center.


Responding to its own success and the critical demand for child care in Center City Philadelphia, FCCC opened its doors to families outside of the Friends Center in 1980.

We currently serve 75 children. We strive to reflect the cultural and economic diversity of our urban community. We encourage young children in their ability to be caring, curious, responsible human beings.


Infants/Young Toddlers

  • Mixed age groupings from 3 months to Young Walker

  • 1:3 staff; child ratio

  • On Demand Scheduling for eating, sleeping and programming

  • Highly trained & experienced teachers

  • Provided daily enrichment activities (tummy time, music, storytime, outdoor activities, sensory motor experiences)

  • Daily outdoor play


Older Toddlers

  • Mixed Age Groupings 24 months to 3 years

  • Play-based environments and enrichment activities

  • Self Help Skill Development (Potty training, dressing, independence)

  • Social Skills & Self Awareness Development

  • Weekly music & dance classes

  • Daily outdoor play 



  • Weekly dance & music classes

  • Excursions to area theaters & museums 

  • Daily curriculum activities to address key predictive school readiness: 

Our Core Focus

FCCC provides an enriching environment of love, security, and community to children between the ages of 3 months and Kindergarten.

Through age appropriate experiences, its children learn respect for others, self-confidence and social skills.

They develop curiosity about the world and learn to appreciate people who are different from them. The children grow emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively.

They build a foundation of competence and confidence that prepares them for everyday situations and, ultimately, for school.

Programs at Friends Child Care Center are based on active learning - providing developmentally appropriate activities that facilitate and enhance social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Children learn through  play and exploration.

We believe that every child has an innate ability to thrive developmentally under the guidance of caring, well-trained adults, and in environments designed to foster children's natural curiosity to figure things out for themselves, ask questions and make discoveries about the world and what interests them.

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