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Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia

SNAPSHOT: Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia is a brand new early education and child care facility that focuses on Balanced Learning®, a teaching philosophy that balances child-initiated play with teacher-directed activities.

I want parents to feel 100% confident that their child will be receiving a high quality education. We know parents today seek to balance their careers without sacrificing what they want most for the children’s future. We earn their trust everyday by creating a true partnership: loving, supportive parents at home and kind, attentive, and caring teachers at school. With this solid foundation, anything is possible!

OVERVIEW: Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. Primrose focuses on”Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts.”, an inquiry-based learning environment, true character development, and support for their other passion and profession, health and wellness.



CONTACT: 215-545-1920

LOCATION: 1635 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

HOURS: Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm


AGES:  Children 6 weeks +




Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia

 (Allison Wilson-Maher and John Maher)


Q: Can you tell readers a little bit more about the Primrose Center City Owners and Director?

A: The Franchise Owners, Allison Wilson-Maher and John Maher, have both had a lifelong passion for education. Allison is a first-generation college graduate and John comes from a family of educators. In a dual-career household, they struggled to find a good match for their family that would address both their young son’s educational and social-emotional development needs as well as their own need for convenience and a trustworthy, high-quality center.

Allison is originally from Georgia, which is the birthplace of Primrose more than 30 years ago, and she knew that Primrose is everything they want for their son and his friends. They waited for five long years to find the perfect place to bring the Primrose Experience, which is everything they’ve been looking for, to families in Center City Philadelphia, and it’s finally opened in September 2016.

The Director is Nicole Homaijani, a graduate of Temple University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. “What impressed us most about Ms. Homaijani is her incredible leadership skills,” said John F. Maher, Co-Owner of the Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia. “After our intensive interviewing process and spending time with Ms. Homaijani, we are confident that she exemplifies our core values of personal and professional integrity, treating others with respect, giving without the expectation of receiving and serving with passion.”

Q: What about the Infant Program?

A: We have 2 infant class rooms which hold 8 infants each with a total of 16 infants. We also have a Transitional room for children who are old enough to leave the infant room but too young for the toddler room. Children stay in the Transitional room until till they are walking and able to use sippy cups. The transitional room hold 10 children.

We currently don’t offer a part-time program, only a full-time 5 days a week program for infants. You can find staff singing, laughing, and talking to infants throughout the day! The children go outside once a day and when its developmentally appropriate we use a 6 seat stroller.

Finally, we absolutely encourage moms who can make it to come and breastfeed or bottle-feed their infants as often as they would like. We also have an open door policy and warmly welcome parents to visit at any point in the day either to stop peek in or to stay and enjoy an activity.

Q: What advice do you have for new or expectant moms that are looking for a day care facility?

A: We strongly encourage parents to go and visit more than one center and if possible, visit as many different child care centers as they can to get a feel for what is available. While visiting the centers, focus on the level of engagement between the teacher and your child. It is very important for families to spend as much time at your top school so you are 100% confident with your choice!