In Queen Village, parents are having trouble finding decent and reliable child care for their infants and toddlers. These families have joined long waiting lists to deal with limited options when it comes to days, activities, food and education for their children. A headache for many residents, there is a shortage and demand for childcare.
At 420 Bainbridge Street, this 4,000 square foot location used to be the Life Management Medical Center. You will soon see Natalie Renn open her second location of The Giving Tree Infant and Toddler Center…if the license comes through. Her first location was specifically for daycare and preschool in the Logan Square area of Philadelphia.
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Their focus and mission is to provide exceptional child care for infants and toddlers under trained and professional supervision. Natalie trains her employees to focus on early childhood development, communication techniques, sleeping strategies and eating patterns.
They will offer a variety of learning and physical activities including; baby and me yoga classes, an inside mini gym, a backyard for play, trips to local playgrounds and parks. Just a few weeks away, they’re expecting to open their doors October but were talking about a license from the Department of Public Welfare. Hoping we do see them open soon, we need more Natalie’s in Philadelphia!
This Saturday, September 21st you can join your local art crowd at the Philadelphia Magic Garden to celebrate their 5th annual Magic Beyond the Gardens Gala. From 6-10pm you can help support this annual fundraiser by purchasing a ticket and enjoying live music, dancing, a silent auction, food and an open bar. The silent auction will offer prizes to several high praised establishments in Center City. Located at 1020 South Street, squarely between Bella Vista and Washington Square West, this event is expected to draw a crowd of near 300 locals and inspiring artists and supporters.
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Philadelphia’s Magic Garden has been educating individuals of all ages for years. Offering workshops, education programs and self-guided walk throughs, this event will feature founder and artist Isaiah Zagar. So join in the fun this Saturday and help support local businesses, keep artists thriving and educate our community on the importance of art and self expression. For more information and tickets click here.
Recently, Washington Square West has received some TLC from the community and Trust organization. Washington Square West Trust is an educational and charitable organization that helps to support programs and activities in the community. Their goal is to enhance life in the neighborhood and make this area attractive for local residents as well as new city dwellers. Neighbors and community activists have worked with the WSWT organization to launch their latest project – a video history of what the neighborhood is and what is has to offer. Prominent individuals voice their opinion on how the neighborhood has changed, what it has to offer and the comfort and convenience of living in Washington Square West. This video attracts locals as well as visitors and allows the community to see neighborhood changes take place to better their living experience. I think other neighborhoods should take note of this project. What a sincere and informative way to educate new city dwellers or even locals looking to relocate to a different neighborhood. Check it out!
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Washington Square West has been busy! Aside from their ‘video history’ launch, the Washington Square West Civic Association has started a project with PHS to restore and maintain tree canopy’s. You can join in by becoming Tree Tender Certified at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. A hands on training session will leave you with the knowledge and benefit to help plant and care for dozens of trees in Washington Square West. You must attend all three classes in October (2nd, 9th and 16th) to become certified. Meet at 5:45pm and plan to stay about 3 hours. Once certified, you can join your fellow Tree Tenders on November 23rd to plant more than 2 dozen trees. The planting and caring will continue through Spring 2014. Scholarship opportunities are also available through Washington Square West Trust and PHS. The Virginia Trosino Tree Tender Scholarship is awarded to an individual who is certified, applies, a resident of WSW and expresses interest and knowledge to benefit the neighborhood. Scholarship winners have already been determined for this year, but don’t let that discourage you! Plan your tree tending classes now for 2014!
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The month of August signals one thing for kids; summer is ending. This phrase ‘Back to School’ means more than just backpacks and books. Clean up days are held to involve the neighborhood in cleaning our local schools. This year McCall Elementary School in Society Hill will hold two clean up days before the start of school on September 9th. Monday August 19th (12-4:30pm and/or 5:30-9pm) and Tuesday August 27th (8am-12pm and/or 12:30-5pm and/or 5:30-9pm). Efforts will include light cleaning, outdoor gardening, floor refurbishing and more. Lunch and/or dinner will be provided for volunteers who participate all day. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and help kids stay healthy and safe.
McCall Elementary School
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The neighborhood may change but the issues remain the same. Funding for our schools has been a hot topic over the years. Especially the talk this year of budget cuts again. East Passyunk Crossing has created a committee of community members and parents to focus on supporting Southwark Elementary School through various projects like tutoring, fundraising and providing school supplies. They have implemented a campaign in order to raise funds for these kids. The EPX Back2School Campaign is urging our city to help these kids start their school year with a full backpack of supplies. Donating $10 gives a child crayons and markers. Donating $30 fills their backpack with all the supplies needed while $50 gives two school uniforms. 100% of these proceeds will go towards supplies and uniforms needed for children at Southwark Elementary School.
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