PHILADELPHIA, PA, JUNE 23, 2017 - Germantown Friends School, located in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, is pleased to announce its plans to open a second location for its Early Childhood Program in Center City. The GFS Early Childhood Program is a strong and well differentiated program in the Philadelphia area, both in its curricular offerings and Quaker underpinnings.
For a number of years, the school has examined ways to build upon the strength of the existing early childhood program and address a need identified in Center City, where a significant number of parents have chosen to enroll their children in the programs that are closest to home rather than commuting even the relatively short distance to Germantown. As the population grows in Center City, many parents are facing waitlists at the schools of their choice.
"This program is a wonderful extension of the GFS mission and a treasured opportunity to engage the hearts and minds of our youngest friends," says Head of School Dana Weeks. "We are excited to be able to offer this option to our growing Center City contingent and thrilled to be expanding the GFS community."
GFS has leased a beautiful, light-filled space in The Curtis Center at the corner of 6th and Walnut Streets on Washington Square, which is being renovated this summer and will be outfitted with Reggio-inspired natural materials and furnishings. The location will feature three classrooms, a movement studio for interactive play, and a dedicated area for art and science.
"We are fortunate to count on experienced and caring teachers, who are engaged in GFS's professional learning community and building on a 170-year tradition of excellence in education," says Early Childhood Program Director Sarah McMenamin. "They are deeply dedicated to our students and their families."
This new program is accepting applications for preschool-aged children and will welcome the first class of young people to this location in fall 2017.
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