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College Child Development Ctr.

Chris Pender, Center Director

440 N 16th St. Philadelphia PA 19130
(215) 751-8765 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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The Child Development Center in cooperation with the Community College of Philadelphia is a NAEYC Accredited Center that brings passionate teachers together with eager students. We believe in providing children of varied backgrounds endless opportunities to learn in a least restrictive environment.


Welcome to KinderCare's Child Development Center in cooperation with the Community College of Philadelphia. We are a NAEYC Accredited Center, which is the highest form of Accreditation within the Early Childhood Field. We take pride in being able to serve our families under the best educators, administrators and curriculum.

Chris Pender, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Staff members at KinderCare's Child Development Center are a close knit group of educated professionals who are trained in the Early Childhood field with all the state required clearances. Annually, they participate in trainings designed to maximize their teaching potential.

  • Chris Pender

    Chris Pender, Center Director

    I have dedicated my life to investing in the next generation of leaders who will impact society in a positive way.

    Chris has accumulated over 20 years of experience working with young people, Families and Fathers in several different capacities such as coach, mentor and facilitator. 

    A few of his greatest accomplishments include writing a book, designing curriculum on such topics as Fatherhood, Healthy Relationships, Vision/Purpose, and Choices & Consequences. Other projects that provide a sense of pride for Chris is creating workshops on various topics, designing a re-entry program for incarcerated individuals, designing an academic enrichment summer camp and authoring a Thesis on “The Absentee Dad Through abandonment, death, and incarceration.” Chris also created an after-school / summer program for youth between the ages of 8-15. Helping Youth Prepare Effectively (H.Y.P.E) equip.’s today’s young people with the tools needed to become individuals of character who are prepared to become leaders for the next generation. As Director of Programs Chris oversaw and worked closely with Early Childhood Education Programs and schools.

    Chris believes just as George Washington Carver wrote, “No individual has any right to come into this world and go out without leaving behind him legitimate and distinct reasons for having passed through it.” “My legitimate reason for being here on earth is to make a difference in the lives of the next generation and their families in a positive way.”

    Previous Experience:
    Chris was the Center Director for KinderCare in Folcroft PA
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Black Beauty by Anna Sewells
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Master's Degree in Human Services
  • Tylisa Tucker

    Tylisa Tucker, Assistant Director

    A child's heart and mind are fertile ground ripe for the seeds of education.

    Tylisha loves life and enjoys equipping children for their perspective journey's in life. Tylisha brings with her a strong sense of family and community along with a desire to serve others as she assist them in maximizing their potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Tylisha was a Director for another organization before bringing her talents and skill-set to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Moma, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joose
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Master's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Rayanna Tomlin

    Ms. Rayanna Tomlin, Health and Safety Coordinator

    If I have to work for the rest of my life, I choose to love what I do. Children keep me young and constantly learning.

    Rayanna is a wonderful teacher with our younger two-year-old children, as well as the Health and Safety Coordinator for the Center. She helps out with everything from fire drills to medication. If you have any questions regarding our medication policy you can always count on  Mrs. Rayanna.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in English, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jenifer

    Ms. Jenifer, Infant Classroom

    The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

    Ms. Jen works with our wonderful infants! From six weeks to first step,s she is there to help make your transition back to work and your child's transition into school much easier!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Cassandra is one of our toddler teachers, together with Ms. Michelle she helps create a warm loving environment where our toddlers can flourish and grow. Her favorite activities are Music time and Circle Time where she gets the toddlers energized and excited for the day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassandra previously worked at a home daycare where she took care of children from 6 weeks old to 8 years old.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Keykora

    Ms. Keykora, Preschool

    Ms. Keykora is a delight for our Preschool children! She brings energy and excitement to her classroom of 3-4 year olds everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Keykora has worked with other Preschool Aged children throughout the city in various school settings.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    AA in Early Childhood
  • Mrs. Kim Azzarano

    Mrs. Kim Azzarano, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "It takes a big heart to shape little minds

    Kim is a wonderful addition to our Pre-Kindergarten room! Kim brings with her an excitement and thirst as she prepares our prekindergarten kids for kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Kim's previous experience in Early Childhood Education includes working with children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary/Special Education
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Lauren along with Ms. Kim work hard to prepare our prekindergarteners for kindergarten. Her favorite activity is working with the children on Phonics and helping their pre-literacy skills continue to develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lauren has a Bachelor's degree in English and Physics, has completed the Child Development Associate program, and is currently enrolled in a graduate program for Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's in English, Physics; Child Development Associate

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Special Features

  • We are a 4 Star NAEYC Accredited Center. What does this mean for you and your family? Assurance that you are receiving the highest quality of education in the early childhood field.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day (Annual Teacher Professional Development Day), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day (Annual Teacher Professional Development Day), Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is of the utmost importance to us here at the Child Development Center. With features such as staff trained in CPR and First Aid Certification, an on site Health and Safety Coordinator, a nut-free environment, a keypad entry system, and a fenced-in playground, you have the comfort of knowing your child's safety is our top priority.

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