Educational Institutions


sharing wonder every day

aka Children's Village Child Care Center

Philadelphia, PA


In January 2015, the Board of Directors of Children's Village adopted a new Strategic Plan 2015-2018, our sixth, and a refined mission statement. The Plan focuses on three goals: Ownership of Excellence, Community, and Sustainability and identifies our core values. These values include Children First, Excellence, Community Vibrancy, Respecting Diversity, Collaboration, and Advocacy.

Our revised mission is: Children's Village is a nonprofit that provides early childhood education and school-age academic enrichment distinguished by excellence and family diversity. Working together with children, parents, and the community, we promote a society that is fair, compassionate, and economically vibrant.

Notes from the Nonprofit

For 42 years, Children's Village has been setting the highest standard of quality and preparing thousands of young children to achieve their potential. Central to our best-practice approach is supporting parents and families as children's best teachers. As a passionate early learning advocate, Children's Village works to ensure the doors to affordable, high-quality early learning and school-age enrichment are open to every child. New this year, Children's Village is offering high-quality professional development for early educators, administrators, ECE students, and policy makers; and is poised to opening an Adult Learning Lab in FY18. Effective teachers in the classroom is one of the most important components to a quality early education and a means for increasing the number of childcare programs that achieve high performance standards.

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Executive Director

Ms. Mary E. Graham

Main Address

125 North 8th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA


Early childhood education /after school programming.





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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Early Childhood Education Program

School-Age Program

Parent Engagement Program

Special Needs and Family Support Program

Early Learning Educator Development Program

Professional Development Learning Lab

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In its most recent Strategic Plan, Children's Village has prioritized three organizational goals:
• Ownership of Excellence - outlining paths toward even greater distinction as practitioners and advocates.
• Ownership of Community - engaging the passion and talents of parents/families as well as Staff in the future success of Children's Village.
• Ownership of Sustainability - unlocking the organization's potential by putting in place a higher-profile Board, expanded marketing, a fund-raising program underpinned by Staff-Board collaboration, a longer financial planning horizon, and facilities that are commensurate with the quality and vibrancy of the Children's Village program.

Ownership of Excellence Strategies
• Maintain and enhance excellence in early childhood education and school-age academic enrichment
• Maintain and enhance a professional environment of continuous learning and growth
• Institutionalize the organization's participation as an advocate for high-quality early childhood education and academic enrichment

Ownership of Community Strategies
• Engage parents and families more deeply as partners in their child's development and education
• Enhance understanding of Children's Village as a whole – a system of interrelated parts

Ownership of Sustainability Strategies
• Elevate ongoing Board engagement in advancing the mission and in realizing the vision of Children's Village
• Heighten the organization's visibility and profile outside the early childhood education community and its immediate geographic neighborhood
• Generate resources to help fund the operating budget, current operations, new projects, and reserves
• Focus on short-term, near-term, and long-term financial management and planning to ensure
the continued fiscal health of Children's Village
• Elevate the quality, aesthetics, and usefulness of the physical infrastructure to reflect the quality and vibrancy of the programs and services

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation

Affiliations & Memberships

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



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Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
In February 2017, Children's Village hosted an all-day training on Exploring Diversity and Acceptance. The workshop topics were: 1). Valuing Diversity: Developing A Deeper Understanding of the Individual Needs of All Young Children Presenters:Barbara Kaiser, M. Ed. and Karen N. Nemeth and 2). Diversity of Sex and Gender: Not Binary but Infinite Presenters: Planned Parenthood Educators. For additional information about our programs, enrollment, staff, professional development opportunities, and news and events please visit