Paley Early Learning Center

2199 Strahle Street Philadelphia, PA 19152 (215) 725-8930 Hours: M-F 6:30am - 6:00pm
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Meet Our Interim Director: Helen Victor Turk

Helen Victor Turk, a veteran early childhood educator, is the Interim Center Director of Paley Early Learning Center (Paley).  Prior to managing one of FELS’ Montgomery County centers for 11 years, she directed Paley for 19 years.

With a gift for forming personal relationships, Helen has a history of interacting with and being supportive of parents and is a valued resource to teachers. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan and early childhood education certification from Rowan University.

“The reason I love my profession is that it makes a critical difference.  I know that learning in the first five years lays a foundation for a child’s later success,” she says.  In her spare time, Helen enjoys being a volunteer at the museum, gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Center Information

For nearly 50 years, this center has been known in the community as a high quality program that has served generations of children in the same family. A 5,000 square foot building, Paley Early Learning Center’s facilities astonish first time visitors. There are spacious classrooms, an Olympic sized pool and multiple enclosed playgrounds for each age group and a gymnasium. These help develop healthy bodies and minds. Head Start and Pre-K Counts classrooms have been a part of the Center for many years. Content areas such as reading, math, science and art are integrated into a central theme and staff encourage children to learn through discovery and exploration. Parents are actively involved in the Center. There is a school age program for children 6–12 years old offering before and after school care, as well as during emergency closings and holidays. Camp Woodlight, a well-established summer program is located at this Center. A limited number of children from the community are enrolled along with children who attend our year-round program.

To learn more about our enrichment programs click on the “calendar” button above.

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  • 6 Weeks – 12 Years
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Keystone STAR 4A
  • PreK Counts
  • Headstart
  • State Licensed
  • Degreed Teachers
  • Five Playgrounds
  • In-Ground Pool
  • Seven Wooded Acres
  • Parents Association
  • Computers
  • Field Trips
  • Enrichment Specialists
  • Lunch, AM & PM Snacks
  • Limited Scholarships
  • Subsidy Accepted