Why MELC?

MELC’s focus is on providing the highest quality care and education to families. We participate in Pennsylvania’s quality assurance program, Keystone STARS, as well as nationally recognized accreditation organizations including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Council on Accreditation (COA). We are also members of Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) and many regional and state wide stakeholder groups to ensure our youngest children have access to the best care and education. We provide our Center Directors and staff continuous training to support our safe, secure, engaging, and fun environments for children to grow and develop.

But don’t just take our word for it, hear what some of our parents have to say about MELC:

  • "I love MELC! I am a single working mother of two small children, ages 3 & 4-yrs old. Words can’t express how extremely lucky & thankful I am to have found such a quality daycare minutes from home in my neighborhood of West Philadelphia. All of the teachers and administration at Families First are exceptional, extremely dedicated and committed. The classrooms are always well maintained, clean and actively engaged. My mind is at ease knowing my children are in a safe, learning and loving environment while I’m at work. MELC’s mission to the children and families of the center far surpasses their Keystone 4-stars rating. MELC is housed on a beautifully manicured playground; another of its many added bonuses! On a personal note, my son, who was diagnosed with both a speech and gross motor delay before attending daycare, has overcome his obstacles thanks to MELC and his therapists. He has been transformed into a confident, social, respectful little person, who eagerly discusses the highlights of his daily activities and shares his expanding vocabulary. My daughter has also been foot-printed with a love of learning, insisting that I read to her nightly. When I pick them up, they often don’t want to come home. Thank you so much MELC for the great job with my babies, it’s truly a “home away from home.” We love MELC! They are & will always be our family!"

    - Kamala Boyer-Mayes, Families First Center

  • "I chose MELC because it seemed like a good school/childcare for both Alexander and Joseph. The environment was just so warm and welcoming. I like all the activities they do with the children and the time the staff spends with them. I have seen my children learn quite a few things."

    -Virginia De la Rosa, Norristown Center

  • "My sons, Nate and Sammy, started attending MELC as part of my transition back to work.  My children were very young and I have no family in the area; therefore, reliable child care is particularly important to me.

    In terms of reliability, the Belmont Hills staff has been terrific. I can remember one time I had leave work early and drive through an intense snow storm to pick up my sons.  I was a little late and staff were there with about three children waiting on pick up. Everyone was thoroughly understanding about the situation even with their own difficult drive home ahead of them.

    In caring for the children, the staff are fair, thoughtful, and empathetic.  You have a big group of mixed-age kids and I always appreciated the communication from the staff about my sons. Several times, Ms. Moya made positive comments to me about my younger child 'coming out of his shell' because she noticed and cared. And Mr. Jason is always having positive, encouraging interactions with my son, whether teaching him cricket or offering a fist bump.  The staff does a great job with developing activities and maintaining MELC traditions, so it really is a community.

    -Carol Hagan, Lower Merion School Age

  • "MELC is truly an amazing place, and Tyler learned so much in his time there. You can tell by the look on his face at pick up that he loved his school and teachers. Every day, the teachers made us feel so comfortable and confident leaving our son at MELC each day. As a parent, there's nothing better than knowing your child is in such good hands while you're at work.  It was comparable to leaving him with a family relative.  MELC deserves so much credit for creating such a positive learning environment and hiring such amazing teachers."

    -Lauren Hudson, Narberth Center

  • "Kasim has learned a lot since coming to MELC and loves his school and his classmates... I have noticed a big improvement this year and am looking forward for more to come!"

    -Fatisha Quainoo, Pottstown Center

  • "My daughter enjoyed the MELC Day Camp and this was her thrid year attending. The teachers and CITs were wonderful and always available to answer questions. There is a variety of activities, and my daughter would tell me time and time again how much she liked to go to camp. I would recommend this camp to anyone!"

    -Carrie McWilliams, Camp MELC

  • "My son, Peter Gribbin, first became involved with MELC when he attended P.M. Kindergarten Enrichment after A.M. Kindergarten at Penn Valley Elementary School. Peter has such a wonderful time at MELC as a kindergarten student that when it came time to select a summer camp, MELC seemed like the perfect, most logical option. And what a great fit for Peter and our family! Peter loved attending summer camp during the summers of 2010 and 2011. In fact, Peter would often ask me to drop him of early and pick him up late. I am very grateful to the teaching staff at MELC for providing Peter with such a wonderful summer camp experience. The combination of fun activities combined with educational ones allowed Peter to make friends, stay engaged with school work, and blow off steam! Peter was exposed to new people, places, and things, which is exactly what we wanted for him. I highly recommend MELC's kindergarten enrichment program and summer camp program. As a working parent, MELC provides families with comfort and peace of mind. I know my child is safe and well cared for, and is having fun and learning a lot in the process."

    -Kate Szumanski, Lower Merion Kindergarten Enrichment and Camp MELC

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