Center City KinderCare

★★★☆☆
  • 1700 Market St. across from Liberty Place 1700 Market Street

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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  • 215-563-9499

About Center City KinderCare

Categories
  • Preschools
  • Child Care
Details
  • After School Care
  • Before School Care
  • Toddler Care
  • Child Care Available
Hours
M-F 7am-6pm, Sa-Su Closed
Phones
  • Fax (215-563-9573)
  • Toll Free (877-546-3372)
Year Established
  • 1996
Keywords
  • childcare
  • child care
  • daycare
  • preschool
  • infant care
Products
  • Discovery Pre-School
  • Infant Programs
  • Participating Child Care Aware Center
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Pre-School
  • Summer Programs
  • Toddler Programs
Specialties
  • Enrichment Programs: Cooking
  • Enrichment Programs: Music
  • Enrichment Programs: Phonics
Payment Options
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  • Discover
Brands
  • KinderCare® Learning Centers
Services
  • Discovery Pre-School
  • Infant Programs
  • Participating Child Care Aware Center
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Pre-School
  • Summer Programs
  • Toddler Programs
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

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    I took my daughter to Kindercare Center City for pre-school and was absolutely appalled at the place. The teachers are lazy and disinterested. There was no sense of caring or positivity with the kids - the only interactions were negative - "stop", "get down from there" "don't do that", etc. The only goal, apparently, is to make sure your kid is still alive at the end of the day. There was no attempt to engage or encourage the kids. No caring nurturing environment. No sensitivity for kids who might be new, shy or uncomfortable. I would see kids at drop-off who cried when their parents left, and no response from staff or attempt to comfort or involve them. They just let the kids cry alone while they sat on the wall and talked. I saw a kid fall off his bike, and the teacher said, "come over here so I can see if you're ok". They were physically incapable or just too lazy to get up and help a kid who needed help. The physical condition of the teachers is a safety issue.
    The nutrition looked good on paper, but they got cheap junk nearly every day of the 2+ weeks we stuck it out. They gave them those cellophane wrapped saltines (the kind you get for free) for their cheese and crackers. Butter popcorn in a bag. Oreos...
    I tried picking her up at different times of day to see if things were better during the day. usually she was working independently on stations that are set up, which is fine, but some interaction would also be nice. The one time I did see an attempt at a group activity, none of the kids were engaged, they were bored and just sitting around, not responding. My daughter just looked at books.
    I left everyday with a pit in my stomach. Took her out and found another, though too expensive daycare. Literally, got her out at all costs.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    I took my daughter to Kindercare Center City for pre-school and was absolutely appalled at the place. The teachers are lazy and disinterested. There was no sense of caring or positivity with the kids - the only interactions were negative - "stop", "get down from there" "don't do that", etc. The only goal, apparently, is to make sure your kid is still alive at the end of the day. There was no attempt to engage or encourage the kids. No caring nurturing environment. No sensitivity for kids who might be new, shy or uncomfortable. I would see kids at drop-off who cried when their parents left, and no response from staff or attempt to comfort or involve them. They just let the kids cry alone while they sat on the wall and talked. I saw a kid fall off his bike, and the teacher said, "come over here so I can see if you're ok". They were physically incapable or just too lazy to get up and help a kid who needed help. The physical condition of the teachers is a safety issue.
    The nutrition looked good on paper, but they got cheap junk nearly every day of the 2+ weeks we stuck it out. They gave them those cellophane wrapped saltines (the kind you get for free) for their cheese and crackers. Butter popcorn in a bag. Oreos...
    I tried picking her up at different times of day to see if things were better during the day. usually she was working independently on stations that are set up, which is fine, but some interaction would also be nice. The one time I did see an attempt at a group activity, none of the kids were engaged, they were bored and just sitting around, not responding. My daughter just looked at books.
    I left everyday with a pit in my stomach. Took her out and found another, though too expensive daycare. Literally, got her out at all costs.

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    I brought my daughter to KinderCare (then Mulberry) when she was three months old. From three months through 3 years, plus, I thought it was excellent. The teachers in the two-year old room especially are creative, dedicated, and loving and as good as any teachers anywhere. And the teachers stay there -- my child still runs to get hugs from teachers she's had since she was an infant. It's also genuinely diverse.
    I don't think it's as good for pre-K.

    3
    ★★★☆☆

    I brought my daughter to KinderCare (then Mulberry) when she was three months old. From three months through 3 years, plus, I thought it was excellent. The teachers in the two-year old room especially are creative, dedicated, and loving and as good as any teachers anywhere. And the teachers stay there -- my child still runs to get hugs from teachers she's had since she was an infant. It's also genuinely diverse.
    I don't think it's as good for pre-K.

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    I can't imagine how anyone would ever say anything negative about Kindercare Center City. The teachers in the Lamb Room are the most wonderful and nurturing individuals that you could ever imagine.Anyone that could ever think negatively about this room or any of the teachers are obviously not in tune with the daycare concept any really need the attention of a nanny.

    5
    ★★★★★

    I can't imagine how anyone would ever say anything negative about Kindercare Center City. The teachers in the Lamb Room are the most wonderful and nurturing individuals that you could ever imagine.Anyone that could ever think negatively about this room or any of the teachers are obviously not in tune with the daycare concept any really need the attention of a nanny.

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    My son was at this facility as an infant and I cringe when I think that we left him there. I say only if you're desperate because they kept my son safe and fed and changed for two months, but that's about it. I never saw anyone engaging with him, he was left alone in a swing or walker to drool on himself whenever I saw him. The teachers were unprofessional, had terrible attitudes, seemed disgruntled and hostile, and seemed to play favorites with the kids. I felt unwelcome there. They seemed to consider 99.0 a fever in an infant meriting being sent home. I feel tremendous guilt for leaving him in that environment. It did not appear to be a loving, nurturing environment, and there seemed to be zero emphasis on development or enrichment; the staff seemed just barely able to keep up with feeding and changing and comforting. Another big drawback is there is no opportunity or facility for the kids to be outside - in retrospect I hate the thought of my kid being indoors all day, five days a week.

    Additionally, the center seems to be violating a number of state licensing requirements. We were never required to provide a health and vaccination report from his pediatrician, we were never given a contract, and we regularly observed the state-required staff-child ratios exceeded.

    This was all several months ago; they seemed to be trying to improve things, maybe they have, but this was our experience.

    One thing that bothers me is that the center does not even seem to be working toward accreditation with the state's Keystone Stars program - it's not even on the list. Another thing that bothers me is their tuition is comparable to that of some excellent programs. Which, I guess, explains why they have no waiting list, which is the only reason why we went there, along with location.

    If you can't get in anywhere else because of waiting lists, they'll keep your kid safe and fed until something else opens up. But, in retrospect, knowing what I know now, if I had to do it again I'd stay home until we got into someplace else, or sucked it up and hired a nanny, or something.

    2
    ★★☆☆☆

    My son was at this facility as an infant and I cringe when I think that we left him there. I say only if you're desperate because they kept my son safe and fed and changed for two months, but that's about it. I never saw anyone engaging with him, he was left alone in a swing or walker to drool on himself whenever I saw him. The teachers were unprofessional, had terrible attitudes, seemed disgruntled and hostile, and seemed to play favorites with the kids. I felt unwelcome there. They seemed to consider 99.0 a fever in an infant meriting being sent home. I feel tremendous guilt for leaving him in that environment. It did not appear to be a loving, nurturing environment, and there seemed to be zero emphasis on development or enrichment; the staff seemed just barely able to keep up with feeding and changing and comforting. Another big drawback is there is no opportunity or facility for the kids to be outside - in retrospect I hate the thought of my kid being indoors all day, five days a week.

    Additionally, the center seems to be violating a number of state licensing requirements. We were never required to provide a health and vaccination report from his pediatrician, we were never given a contract, and we regularly observed the state-required staff-child ratios exceeded.

    This was all several months ago; they seemed to be trying to improve things, maybe they have, but this was our experience.

    One thing that bothers me is that the center does not even seem to be working toward accreditation with the state's Keystone Stars program - it's not even on the list. Another thing that bothers me is their tuition is comparable to that of some excellent programs. Which, I guess, explains why they have no waiting list, which is the only reason why we went there, along with location.

    If you can't get in anywhere else because of waiting lists, they'll keep your kid safe and fed until something else opens up. But, in retrospect, knowing what I know now, if I had to do it again I'd stay home until we got into someplace else, or sucked it up and hired a nanny, or something.

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    My son has been at this school since he was about 4 months old. It's fine for child care but I would NEVER recommend it for pre-k or kindergarten. You're better off sending your child to a Philadelphia public school! Yes, I cringed as I wrote that! Truth be told, the staff is lazy and my child only learns how to be a terror. If you're going to sink that kind of money into school (and the tuition is steep!) you're better off sinking it into a Friends Select school where you know that your child is getting the best education there is to offer.

    Sorry Mulberry/KinderCare - I'm just being honest!

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    My son has been at this school since he was about 4 months old. It's fine for child care but I would NEVER recommend it for pre-k or kindergarten. You're better off sending your child to a Philadelphia public school! Yes, I cringed as I wrote that! Truth be told, the staff is lazy and my child only learns how to be a terror. If you're going to sink that kind of money into school (and the tuition is steep!) you're better off sinking it into a Friends Select school where you know that your child is getting the best education there is to offer.

    Sorry Mulberry/KinderCare - I'm just being honest!

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    When my daughter was ready for her school we made appointments at different schools for their orintation . When we went for the orientations we liked the schools which were like the best in the city but the fees were sky rocketing . we then went to this school & we knew the moment we entered the premises that this is the school where mmy kid should go. They excelllent teaching staff & they really take care of your kids. Well the fees is a little high but if you want your kid to have the best of all then this is the best place to send them. They have daily activites for your kids & play area is awesome. They meet all the day care requirements & their way of teachong are nejoyed by the kids too.

    4
    ★★★★☆

    When my daughter was ready for her school we made appointments at different schools for their orintation . When we went for the orientations we liked the schools which were like the best in the city but the fees were sky rocketing . we then went to this school & we knew the moment we entered the premises that this is the school where mmy kid should go. They excelllent teaching staff & they really take care of your kids. Well the fees is a little high but if you want your kid to have the best of all then this is the best place to send them. They have daily activites for your kids & play area is awesome. They meet all the day care requirements & their way of teachong are nejoyed by the kids too.

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