Back to Elkins Park Preschools

Mary Bert Gutman Early Learning Center

7500 West Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Phone:
(215) 635-5570
ext125

Website:

The Mary Bert Gutman Early Learning Center is a nationally (NAEYC) accredited, state licensed program providing early childhood education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children transitioning to kindergarten. Gutman ELC has earned a Four Star rating (the highest attainable level) through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania'€™s Keystone Stars Quality Initiative Program which upholds the highest standards in the state. The center is administered by Federation Early Learning Services, a non-profit child care agency with over 100 years of experience in caring for children and strengthening families.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The Gutman ELC follows the Creative Curriculum approach.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe in love, laughter and learning.
We believe in providing a rich curriculum that gives children choices and is based upon their interests.
We believe that every child should feel loved, capable and special.
We believe that every child has unique learning needs and it is our job to meet those needs.
We believe that the parents of children enrolled in our programs are our partners.
We believe that all of our programs should be safe, inviting places for children.
We believe that every child should feel proud of his/her religious, racial and cultural heritage.
We believe that every child should learn to respect diversity and to honor differences.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Gutman ELC communicates with parents through emails, a bi-monthly newsletter, parent meetings and the parents' association.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year