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Local Childcare Facilities & After School Programs

*Note: This information is being provided as a courtesy for the convenience of Swarthmore College community members, and does not represent an endorsement by the College of any of the facilities listed on this site. This is merely listing of several child care facilities located closest to campus. You will need to do your own research to determine which child care facility fits your needs and those of your child/ren the best! 

Swarthmore Friends Nursery School and Widener University Child Development Center may give preference to Swarthmore faculty and staff. Please contact Kim Bernaus at and Dr. Noreen Yoder at for details.

Childcare and After-School Centers

For most centers, ages are defined as follows:

  • Infant (starting at 6 weeks-1 year)
  • Toddler (1-2 years)
  • Preschool (3-6 years)
  • Kindergarten (5-6 years)
  • Before and After-After School Programs (3-12 years)

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool

510 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Ages: Infant-Kindergarten
(877) 358-0752

The Goddard School

Locations in Malvern, Swedesboro, Wayne, Chadds Ford, Mullica Hill, NJ, and King of Prussia
Ages: Infant to 12 (depending on site)
(610) 647-2836 (Malvern)

Hooray Drop and Play

By the Hour Childcare weekdays, weekends, evenings
1001 Baltimore Pike, Lower Level - Suite 14a
Springfield, PA 19064
Ages: Infant-12
(484) 479-3350

Kehillah Early Learning Center (2 miles)

The Ohev Shalom clergy and Kehillah staff join forces to enhance the cultural identity of Jewish children. The curriculum includes multi-cultural celebrations and traditions of children from many diverse ethnic backgrounds.

2 Chester Road
Wallingford, PA 19086
(610) 872-0400


Locations in Brookhaven, Folcroft, Aston, Boothwyn, Concordville, Westchester, and Center City
Ages: Infant-12
(855) 355-5957

K’tonton Early Learning Center

715 Paxon Hollow Road
Broomall, PA 19008
Ages: 6 weeks – 4 years
(610) 325-4831

Li’l Tykes Daycare Center (1.5 miles)

933 Baltimore Pike
Springfield, PA 19064
(610) 544-8005

Little People's Village

904 N. 66th Street, Philadelphia
Ages: Infant-12
(215) 878-3011

Media Providence Friends School

125 West Third Street
Media, PA 19063
Ages: Preschool-8th Grade as well as Before and After-School Care (7:30am-6pm)
(610) 565-1960

The Primrose School of Center City

1635 Market Street, Suite 104 First Floor Plaza
Ages: preschool education
(215) 545-1920

The School in Rose Valley

20 School Lane
Rose Valley, PA 19063
Ages: Preschool-6th Grade, Before-and After-School programs
(610) 566-1088

Step by Step Learning Center

Locations in Holmes, Drexel Hill, Lansdowne, and Morton
Age: Infant-12
(610) 543-4629 (Morton)

Swarthmore Friends Nursery

12 Whittier Place, Swarthmore Campus
Ages: 3-5, and Kindergarten Before- and After-School program
(610) 990-5542

TCDN – Cooperative Day Nursery 

Capacity: 86

Established in 1972, TCDN is a non-profit, non-sectarian, childcare and education organization that provides safe, nurturing and enriching programs for children 12 months old through sixth grade.

301 North Chester Road
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 544-4555

Widener University Child Development Center

1800 Walnut Street
Chester, PA 19013
Ages: 2-5 years
(610) 499-1097

Child/Eldercare and Preschool Sites and Finding Services:

Summer Camps in the Swarthmore Area

Regional Activities for Kids

Swarthmore Public Library
121 Park Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081