Early Learning Programs
Our child-centered curriculum is based on everyday experiences and interests as children learn through play. Each day, children have time for active investigation, observation, and discussion. Children enjoy group activities and time to play independently. We encourage them to work cooperatively and resolve conflicts with words, not actions. Through classroom experiences, children learn about the ways we are alike and affirm our differences.
PIC’s Early Learning Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has a four-star rating from Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS child care quality assurance system.
The surrounding neighborhood becomes an extension of the classroom as we launch expeditions to explore our rich, urban community. PIC children visit the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, walk to the neighborhood public library, and watch the trolleys at the 40th Street station. We regularly visit Clark Park, the BioPond at the University of Pennsylvania, or just take a stroll around the block. Children who are actively engaged in the community from an early age will grow up convinced that they have something to contribute.
PIC provides early care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Children are grouped in age-appropriate classes with a higher-than-average ratio of adults to children that usually exceeds state requirements. Our infant classrooms are mixed-age with children ranging up to 24 months, simulating the environment of a young family with both an infant and young toddler.
Early Learning Program hours are from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Early drop-off is available at 7:30 am for a modest fee.
In addition to our fulltime program, we offer a half-day classroom (8 am to 2 pm) for children ages 3-5 and a half-day publicly funded Pre-K Counts program for 3- and 4-year-olds who meet state guidelines for enrollment.
Parent involvement is an integral part of the PIC experience and all families who enroll agree to make an investment of time in the work that we do. Parents/caregivers can fulfill their Parent Participation Program (PPP) volunteer requirement by performing a variety of jobs and activities throughout the year.
To enroll in PIC's Early Learning program, you must first complete an Early Learning application form.
Families enrolling in a preschool program based upon income-eligibility (PreK Counts) must complete a preschool / preK application.
Return your application with a one-time, non-refundable fee of $35, which may be waived for families who qualify for state subsidized programs.
Once your application is processed, your family's name will go on our waiting list. Learn more >
PIC strives to maintain adult:child classroom ratios that exceed state requirements.
1:3 for infants
1:4 for toddlers
1:6 for preschoolers
1:8 for pre-kindergartners
1:10 for school age
PPP stands for the Parent Participation Program. For the Early Learning program, the PPP requirement is 24 hours per year for fulltime families, 12 hours per year for part-time families (prorated for single parents). Families that choose not to participate pay $15 per hour to fulfill the annual requirement. Learn more >