Montgomery Early Learning Centers Continue to be Recognized for their Outstanding Quality

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In recent months many MELC centers have been awarded national accreditation for quality programming

Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC) has always made it their mission to provide quality early childhood education and school age programs to all children since it began over 45 years ago. In recent months, that quality has been made especially apparent as national organizations have awarded multiple centers high quality designations. MELC’s Norristown Center and Families First center in Philadelphia have both received Keystone STARS’ highest ranking as 4 star centers. They join MELC’s Infant Friendship Center, located in University City, who has previously earned this quality marker.

MELC’s school age programs in Lower Merion, Jenkintown and Colonial School Districts were also awarded accreditation by the new school age program national governing body, The Council On Accreditation (COA). In addition to the COA accredited Belmont Hills, Jenkintown, and Plymouth Centers, the Ridge Park, Whitemarsh, Conshohocken, and Cynwyd centers have also been nationally accredited by the National Afterschool Association (NAA), giving MELC the highest number of accredited school age programs in the entire state.

With all MELC centers at a Keystone STARS level 3 or above, now more than ever MELC is able to provide its students with the highest quality education. Our staff members have also received accolades for their commitment to quality programming at MELC. At the Pennsylvania Southeastern Regional Key’s Keystone STARS awards, Cheryl Hertneck of Jenkintown was named Director of the Year, and Rai Son, also of Jenkintown, was named School Age Practitioner of the Year. In early childhood, the Norristown Center’s Kate Burton was awarded Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County.

Montgomery Early Learning Centers is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1963 whose mission is to develop, provide and advance accessible, high quality early childhood education and school age programs. MELC has early childhood centers in Pottstown, Norristown, Narberth, and two centers in West Philadelphia. These centers provide early learning care for children from 6 weeks through 5 years of age. MELC serves over 600 children each year. MELC’s school age programs serve over 675 children ages 5 to 12 years at 15 sites in Montgomery and Delaware Counties. In addition to direct service programs, MELC also sponsors the Southeastern Pennsylvania School Age Child Care Project (SEPASACC), and the Montgomery County Child Care Consortium (MC4). Each provides a range of professional development, technical assistance, research and other services for educators and organizations serving the field throughout Montgomery County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about MELC, visit us at

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