For over 50 years, Montgomery Early Learning Centers’ (MELC) mission has been to develop, provide, and advocate for high quality early childhood education, school age programs and related services in support of all children.
MELC programs offer a safe and nurturing environment, qualified staff, and age appropriate curriculum to encourage learning, development, and growth during the most important years of a child’s life. Since our inception, our commitment to excellence is nationally recognized by multiple agencies including: NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), NAA (National Afterschool Association) and COA (Council on Accreditation). In addition, all of our early childhood and school age centers have achieved at least a STAR 3 rating (out of 4) in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program. This program rates quality based on staff education, learning environment, leadership and management, and family and community partnerships.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs are comprised of infant, toddler, preschool, and pre-k classrooms including Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts to ensure kindergarten readiness for every child. School Age programs provide before and after school care to children in the Colonial, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Lower Merion school districts. Additionally, the Lower Merion School Age Program offers Kindergarten Jr. and Kindergarten Enrichment programs.
Unique to a child care provider, MELC has our own professional development and technical assistance unit, Professional Development (PD) Dimensions. The assistance provided by PD Dimensions ensures that our teachers have all of the current tools and resources to provide the highest quality of care and education to our children.
Founded in 1964 as the Day Care Association of Montgomery County, MELC is a regional leader in providing families throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania with affordable, high quality educational environments. What began as one small site in Ambler, PA to address unmet needs for child care locally, has grown to serve children and families in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
To ensure we are meeting the needs of all children, we develop and maintain partnerships with organizations that assist us in providing the highest quality care and learning.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Colonial School District
Jenkintown School District
Lower Merion School District
Maternity Care Coalition
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
Norristown Area School District
Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness (PEAK)
Pottstown School District
Public Health Management Corporation
School District of Philadelphia