I moved to Philadelphia, PA in 2009; coming from a small town with a close knit community, I had HIGH expectations concerning childcare for my (at the time) 8 month old, Olivia. Literally every childcare center I visited (within my weekly set budget) was a total NIGHTMARE! Over crowded, no distinct difference between infant, toddler and older children's "rooms", very low educational activities and to say the VERY least, many of the childcare centers in South Philadelphia that I visited, I personally felt should not have even been in business. Finding Cookies Early Learning Center was one of the best things that happened to my daughter and I! Driving up to Cookies, I first noticed the neighborhood, it was clean, safe, with an awesome park around the corner and a very obvious tight knit community. I instantly felt at ease, and something inside of me said that my search was finally over! Upon entering the facility, I noticed artwork on the walls, brightly colored decor, plenty of toys and children that were clearly enjoying themselves. I also loved that there were children of all races and ethnicity's; I find that important (a non judgmental zone.) Saving the best for last; THE STAFF! A warm and welcoming group of people, who without a doubt love the children that they work with. They are active and involved in taking care of the children and insuring that the center runs smoothly! I also enjoyed seeing the owner of Cookies inside of the Learning Center EVERY DAY. She isn't just the "boss lady", she is also a caregiver, an educator and a wonderful support system. Cookies Learning Center gave me hope for my future with my daughter while living in Philadelphia, and a piece of mind; knowing that my daughter was safe and happy. The Cookies staff became a second family to me, quite honestly, the only family that I have for miles and miles. If you're searching for a Learning Center that has more to offer than just a "pretty" facility...please look no further. Cookies Learning Center is well rounded, from head to toe! Your child will learn, grow, love and laugh! What more could a parent ask for?