FCCC Overview

Friends Child Care Center provides a stimulating learning environment for young children that encourage them to be caring, curious, responsible human beings. Our staff of dedicated, well trained and caring individuals promote physical, social and intellectual growth in children while fostering the development of self-reliance and independence.


Friends Child Care Center has 84 children currently enrolled. Families either live or work in the surrounding Center City Philadelphia area and our population reflects racial, cultural and socio-economic diversity of our urban community. Children leave our preschool program competent and prepared; FCCC alumni attend Quaker schools, independent, charter and public schools.







Gwendolyn Bye, owner of Gwendolyn Bye Dancefusion in University City, teaches creative movement weekly to our 2 to 3 year olds. Click on the logo to visit their website.



Yoga and Mindfulness for Schools – Trainings and Support for Educators

Maureen Heil, Yoga Child instructor, teaches yoga weekly to our 1-5 year olds.


 Jill Van Balen, teaches Spanish weekly to our 2-5 year olds.

Jill Van Balen is from suburban Philadelphia but spent the last 40 years living in Venezuela. From 1993 to 2010, she gave bible classes in Spanish to children in missions. In recent years, Jill gave childrens’ bible classes in Spanish to family and neighbors of a police prisoner. Her grandson, Schyler, who is in our Triangles class, enjoys sharing his grandmother with his friends.


 Emily Bate, All Around this World Music Class/Global Music for Families

Emily Bate is an early childhood music teacher & performer. With extensive training in the Orff Schulwerk method of teaching, Emily focuses on teaching fundamental musical skills like rhythm, vocal development, and kinesthetic awareness by engaging children’s creativity. Emily is also the guitarist for kid-rock band The Cat’s Pajamas, and brings her many years of performance experience into the classroom to create unique, high-energy music classes.