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The Giving Tree Child Center opening on Bainbridge

The Giving Tree Child Center, a new day-care center, is all but ready to open at 420 Bainbridge St., the former Life Management Medical Center.

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Director Natalie Renn says the center, which is for infants and toddlers, will offer enriching classes such as baby and me yoga, music and art. They will also have parent seminars a few times a year.

The 4,000 square foot facility is expected to open in October. It’s essentially ready, but Renn says she’s waiting for a license from the state Department of Public Welfare, which oversees such businesses.

“As a center that is focused exclusively on infants and young toddlers, we are dedicated to training staff on each stage of early childhood development, communication techniques, sleeping strategies and eating patterns,” Renn said in an email.

The kiddies will also be able to play in the indoor mini-gym or the backyard, and will even get scooted around in stroller rides and to the playground. Interested parents can also check out their Logan Square location to meet Renn.

Find out more information at the website here.

Meanwhile, this center is helping fill a day-care gap in South Philly. From what we’ve heard, there is a huge shortage of decent child-care facilities, with huge waitlists and limited options. Is that right, all you parents out there?


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5 Responses to The Giving Tree Child Center opening on Bainbridge

  1. Jess September 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    There is definitely a daycare gap in South Philly. I am still on about 4 waiting lists and I’m just hoping something works out before my maternity leave runs out. For one of the daycares, the waiting list was more than a year long (so basically I would have had to put in my name before I got pregnant). It’s good to see that more options are opening up, but it would be great to have more options south of Washington.

  2. Robin September 17, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    We opted for a nanny for at least a year instead of dealing with the day care centers. Not a lot of options in the area and if we were interested the wait list was very long. Like the previous post, I also wish something else would open up south of Washington.

  3. Melinda September 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    The space is amazing and much needed in the area. One of the best in the City it seems. I heard they are partnering with local businesses too. Supporting local businesses is important.

  4. Kate September 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    I totally agree with Jess! When our daycare closed last year (Annunciation on 12th and Wharton), we scrambled to get a spot at Just Like Home – and so did everyone else! There is now a 2-3 year wait. The owner is trying to expand her business and has a plan and architect etc and L&I/Zoning are giving her a hard time with not many explanations. I feel really lucky to be going to JLH and I just wish my pregnant friends could have some peace of mind about where they will be sending their kids. We need someone to open up another daycare in East Passyunk Square/Crossing – there are babies everywhere!

  5. Kate September 23, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Hi all: I made this list for the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association – it is an inventory of daycare / education resources in the area….Besides this above listing – would love to know if there are other updates! Kate

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