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Philosophy of Education

At Stages Community School, we believe that children learn through play. This helps them to explore and discover their world, develop self-concept and confidence, and reach developmental milestones.


We support your child’s play by providing a safe, warm, and responsive environment and access to appropriate learning materials and books.


In addition, we believe that each child is unique and special.


Emphasis is placed on nurturing cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. We provide an array of experiences to meet each individual child’s learning style. We provide a supportive, inclusive, and multi-sensory enlightening setting in which your child’s needs can be met.


Infants need relationship-based and responsive care as well as nurturing and engaging environments. To foster brain development, infants are provided with opportunities to explore in a safe area with teachers who respond to each child’s emotional and intellectual needs.


Please note: Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, parts and aspects of this curriculum may be altered to accommodate a shortened schedule for 2020-2021.

Older Toddlers

Learning is a developmental process that occurs naturally and progressively within stimulating and nurturing surroundings. Fostering independence and language development in this preliminary stage is essential to your toddler’s developmental growth. Stages Community School follows the Creative Curriculum framework and offers a wide variety of engaging play experiences that encourage growth, creativity, and curiosity.


Please note: Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, parts and aspects of this curriculum may be altered to accommodate a shortened schedule for 2020-2021.



Our Academy

Our Mission is to provide pre school-age families from all backgrounds, access to a high-quality out-of-school experience that heightens their ability to compete as life-long learners in an ever changing world.


What does excellent out-of-school education look like? We’re glad you asked.

     • A Hands-On, Project-Based Curriculum

     • A Clean, Safe, and Engaging Environment

     • A Culture of Collaboration & Kindness

     • Instilling and Reinforcing Respect, Fun, and Leadership

     • Operating Hours That Make Sense

     • Locations Close To Your Home, Work, & School

     • Individual Attention Through An Average Student to Teacher Ratio of 10:1

     • Hot meals are provided for free to those who qualify

Children are born with an eagerness to learn. They are curious by nature, all they need is the right environment to achieve their full potential. Stages Community School strives to provide an out-of-school experience that stretches a student’s exploratory thinking while building confidence, peer to peer unity, and respect.



General Curriculum and Activities 

Stages Community School  follows the Creative Curriculum framework.

In preschool, the focus is on developmentally appropriate learning and Kindergarten readiness. Your child’s day is filled with fun hands-on learning experiences, circle time (or whole group time), indoor and outdoor playtime, group meals, quiet activities, and rest time. Through individual projects or in small groups, children are guided to areas of interest. Many of their explorations will include reading, music and movement, writing, math, and science with their teacher, though activities are not limited to these areas. 



Preschool Activities

  • Clothing Study: The children will learn about different types of clothes, including features, how to take proper care of them, and how cloth is made.Some activities include: 

  1. Exploring how fabrics are dyed by making tie-dyed shirts.
  2. Learning to sew using paper and toothpicks.

  3. Making and using a cardboard loom.

  4. Designing and creating their own clothing.

  • Trees Study: The children will learn about the characteristics of trees; who lives in trees, who cares for them, what foods come from them, what items are made using trees, and how trees change. Some activities include: 

  1. Using paper to make leaf rubbings. 

  2. Exploring trees while on a nature walk.

  3. Making applesauce.

  4. Fun with woodworking.

  5. Building houses with sticks. 

  • Building Study: The children will learn about the types of buildings in their neighborhood; who builds them and what tools they use, what buildings are made of, and what happens inside of buildings.  Some activities include: 

  1. Tracing the shadows of buildings on the sidewalk.

  2. Making cardboard buildings. 

  3. Exploring the tools used to make buildings. 

  4. Transforming the dramatic play area into a shop or other type of building.

  • Recycling Study: The children will learn about different ways to reuse everyday items for different purposes.  Some activities include: 

  1. Making their own instruments. 

  2. Creating Clothing from reused materials

  3. Exploring how recycling helps the world.


After Care Program

After Care Program

At Stages Community School, it’s all about bringing out the best in your child. Whether your child chooses to nurture their inner scientist, artist, teacher, doctor, CEO, or all of the above, we want to give them the freedom to follow all of their curiosities and passions!

Fun activities play a big role in how your child will develop critical skills. It may just feel like playing to your child, but what’s really happening is learning that will last a lifetime!

Our program offers enriching learning opportunities in a fun environment for maturing school-age children. This includes before-school and after-school care, back-up or emergency care for school holidays and closings, and exciting summer day camp programs for children up to age 12.

Parents who work outside the home often are challenged to provide supervised before and after school care for their children. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. children have parents who work away from home, leaving 15 million youth unsupervised by adults when the school day ends.


Stages Community School Program supports busy families with a safe and engaging learning environment for their children when they are not in school.


We offer:

     • Service for children 5- to 12-years-old

     • Homework help and tutoring

     • Enriching activities: drama, art, technology and more

     • Safe and secure environment

      Nutritious meals and snacks included

     • Passionate and caring teachers

     • Payment through vouchers/subsidies/span>

     • Snacks and hot meals are provided fo

Summer Camp For Children

Summer Camp For Children

During the summer we transition our prek and after care program into a full blown summer camp. The name of the camp is " Camp Move". Camp Move is our summer program focused on the physical and mental enrichment of our youth from ages 3 - 12 years old. We divide the children up into 3 different age groups the Movers, Shakers, and Rain Makers. Every age group will spend at least 45 min doing activities for the following subjects:

     • Art





     Team Building and so much more. 

We offer 2 meals per day (Breakfast and Lunch) but ask that parents provide snack and a sturdy refillable water bottle. Trips will be held EVERY Friday and parents must purchase a Camp Move T-shirt for your child, as they will need it to attend all camp trips. T-shirt will be purchased online and shipped to your home.



Let’s Work Together

635 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA

Tel: 267-331-6452

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