When Parks and Recreation took over the former Tolentine Community Center at 1025 Mifflin St., now called the East Passyunk Community Center, changes were promised to make this a more accessible community space.
Now South Philly’s first-ever co-op playschool is bringing more programming to the center, beginning soon after Thanksgiving.
What originally began as a care swap program for a few families with young children has grown to become a larger playgroup that is now expanding to a three-day-a-week cooperative playschool. There are currently 10 families with children between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years-old committed to the program.
This program will emphasize playing with a purpose to encourage exploration and discovery. Lessons taught while playing will include things like conflict resolution, respect, diversity and more.
So what does it cost to enroll in this co-op playschool? It will cost somewhere between $200 and $300 a month, depending on the number families enrolled in the program. Parents of children in the playschool are also required to commit to 1-2 days a month in the classroom, along with assisting with committee work.
South Philly Playschool will be operating out of a classroom at the East Passyunk Community Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
There’s currently space for 4-7 new families to enroll their children between the ages of 2.5-years-old and 5-years-old to the program. The South Philly Playschool is also looking to fill a permanent teacher position. If you’re interested in enrolling, or applying, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.