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Federation Early Learning Services - Paley Early Learning Center

2199 Strahle Street
Philadelphia, PA 19152

(215) 725-8930


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The Paley Early Learning Center is a nationally (NAEYC) accredited, state licensed program providing early childhood education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and school age children. Paley ELC has achieved 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.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The Paley 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.
We believe that if every child feels loved and capable, s/he will become a well-rounded, capable adult

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

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

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise

Modes of Communication

  • Two or More Regular Conferences


Separation is Handled through:

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