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FELS New Lokoff Site Opens in Blue Bell Area

August 5, 2010
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Amy Wertkin, director of the Lokoff Center, with some of her charges displaying the facility's four-star status -- the highest level of achievement in the Keystone Stars Program.
The Lokoff Early Learning Center, a Federation Early Learning Services facility, has opened its doors in a brand-new setting -- 7002 Butler Pike in Ambler. Parents are invited to meet center director Amy Wertkin and visit classrooms during one of two open houses: Sunday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is available on-site, and light refreshments will be served.

The Lokoff Center is both a NAEYC accredited and Keystone Star 4 facility. These awards signify that the center has met the highest criteria set by national and state gold standards for quality in early-childhood education programs.

The state-of-the-art center can accommodate 87 children. And it is located just steps away from its current site, thanks to a rather serendipitous situation.

Jacki Metzler, FELS director of programs, said that FELS was searching for a newer facility at the same time that the Keystone Property Group -- the landlord for the Lokoff property -- planned major renovations on the entire property where the Lokoff Center is situated.

"Keystone made us an offer that we simply could not refuse, retrofitting to our specifications, the first floor and half of the second floor of a new, four-story building," she explained.

FELS president and CEO Maddy Malis added: "We are very grateful to Keystone Property Group for their extreme generosity, which made this move possible.

If interested in going to an open house, call Amy Wertkin at 215-643-0110, Ext. 10 (e-mail: [email protected]).

The Lokoff Center is administered by Federation Early Learning Services, which is celebrating 100 years of caring for children and strengthening families.

FELS enrolls infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children from diverse economic, religious and racial backgrounds on a year-round basis.

With eight centers and three public-school sites throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties, FELS serves more than 1,000 children annually.

For more information, log on to: www.felskids.org.

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