Our child centered approach to learning, focusing on nurturing and stable relationships, begins in our Infant classrooms and continues through Kindergarten. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and is designed to meet each child’s individual needs.

Meet the Team

Check out the Bio's of our Administrative Team
Graduating from Temple University with a BA in Liberal Arts; Corran developed interests in fashion, the culinary arts and of course child development and education. 
 
As Director of The Olde City Day School, Newbold Center, Corran aims to "Build a diverse community of students, parents and staff while creating activities that will allow for more engagement and relationship building with the neighborhood; While also insuring that we provide a loving and nurturing environment for our children.” She also plans to, “…expand our curriculum so that our students will be ready for Kindergarten. This will create the foundation needed to lead our students towards a path of fulfilled dreams and success!”
 
Corran
Branch
Director
 OCDS Newbold

When Corran is not busy helping and caring for others, she can be found being an amazing
Aunt and  channeling her inner artist while painting; Which she loves to do whenever possible.

In the future Corran also hopes to be able to split some of her free time with the dog of her dreams...  

A Pug.
 
And if you were wondering what said Pug would be named… The answer is,
Whistler. . . Abraham Whistler.


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Anita Preacher graduated from Temple University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. She obtained teaching certificates from the State of Pennsylvania in both of her areas of specialty.

Growing up, Anita always knew she wanted to work with young children. Starting with babysitting, teaching swim lessons, and volunteering at a local Elementary School, she quickly knew that she wanted to pursue an career in education.

After graduating from Temple, she cared for and taught children (infant to 5 years old) in different settings for 6 years, before joining The Olde City Day School in 2013.
Anita
Preacher
Executive Director
The Olde City Day School



Anita started as the Lead Teacher of the Dragonfly classroom, but in Fall of 2014 moved up to the position of Assistant Director of the Cuthbert Street location. The following April, Anita was named Director of the Newbold location in South Philadelphia. In 2017 Anita took over the role of Executive Director of the company, overseeing quality and growth of Olde City Day School.”

She is thrilled to be able to use her years in the classroom to help grow and develop the center, and provide quality care and education to children.

In her free time, Anita enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, Aaron their son Alexander, and their dog Brunswick.
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Testimonials


"I can’t express how thankful we are at how well everyone has cared for our daughter. As a new parent OCDS made me feel at ease with their love and attention to our daughter, alleviating a lot of the stress I had when returning to work."

- Nicole V.
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"We enrolled our son in daycare for the first time at age 14 months, when I found a new job. We were anxious about his transition, since he was shy, and wary of strangers. We are continually amazed at how he has changed since enrolling at Olde City Day School. His teachers talk about how much he smiles, how much he talks, and how social he is with the teachers and the other children. We love getting reports about his day, what he ate for snack and lunch (all food is made at the school), how well he napped, and what activities he did throughout the day. We are so happy that we chose Olde City Day School."

- Coleen H.


"I have sent my daughter here since she was very young and I have been very pleased about my decision.  The staff are well trained and caring, and it shows in how much my little one has connected with them and feels comfortable being left with them.  The food is well balanced and fresh, and the facilities are bright and well designed.  Now that my daughter is getting older, she's learning so much here both about words and colors etc but also about sharing and making friends.  It's really terrific."

- Craig M.