• RESOURCE LIST FOR ESL FAMILIES

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    Community Resources

    Upper Merion Area Public Library

    175 W. Valley Forge Road—King of Prussia, PA—Telephone 610-265-4805—www.umtownship.org

    The children’s department offers a wide variety of programs to children and their families; all programs are free

    Upper Merion Area Township Parks and Recreation

    Telephone 610-265-1071—www.umtownship.org/park.html

    The township offers a variety of classes and activities for children

    The Parenting Center

    200 Anderson Road—King of Prussia, PA—Telephone 610-337-8130

    The parenting center offers programs to enhance parenting skills; supervision is provided for younger siblings during day sessions

    Four-Year Old Preschool Program

    Telephone 610-337-6093

    For children living within Upper Merion Area School District who will be four-years old by October 1st; the program prepares children for kindergarten


    Fun Places for Children

    Philadelphia Zoo

    3400 West Girard AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19104—www.philadelphiazoo.org

    Please Touch Museum

    210 North 21st StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19103—Telephone 215-963-0666

    For children under 6 years old

    The Franklin Institute

    20th Street and Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA 19103—Telephone 215-448-1200—Http://slm.fi.edu/

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    19th Street and Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA 19103—Telephone 215-299-1040—www.acnatsci.org

    Independence Seaport Museum

    Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street—Philadelphia, PA—Telephone 215-925-5439—www.phillyseaport.org

    Exhibits explore science and history of boats; includes tours of the U.S. battleship Olympia and the U.S. submarine Becuna

    Free 10 am-noon on Sundays

    Independence National Historical Park

    Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets—Philadelphia, Pa—Telephone 215-597-8974—www.nps.gov/inde

    20 buildings open to public including Visitors Center, Independence Hall and Congress Hall—most sites are free

    National Constitution Center

    525 Arch StreetPhiladelphia, PA—Telephone 215-409-6600—www.constitutioncenter.org

    Children’s show with explanation of 1st 10 amendments; free ages under 4

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA—Telephone 215-235-7469—www.philamuseum.org

    Free admission to the museum on Sundays 10 am-5pm; family programs every Sunday; children’s art classes throughout the year

    The New Jersey State Aquarium

    Delaware River—Camden, NJ—Telephone 800-616-5297—www.njaquarium.org

    Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Route 23—Valley Forge, PA—Telephone 610-783-1077—www.nps.gov/vafo

    Exciting Events for the Whole Family

    Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concerts

    Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets—Philadelphia, PA 19102—Telephone 215-893-1900—www.philorch.org/styles/poa02e/www/familyconcert.htmlh

    Series of 5 Saturday morning concerts between September and April, for ages 6-12

    Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania

    3680 Walnut StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19104—Telephone 215-898-3900—www.pennpresents.org/children.php

    The festival takes place several days early in May; children under age 12 are admitted free to all concerts; many family centered activities

    Mann Music Center—Youth People’s Concert Series

    Belmont AvenuePhiladelphia, Pa—Telephone 215-546-7900—

    www.manncenter.org/Pages/YPC.html

    Series of weekday concerts for children during the summer; admission and parking are free

    Adult English as a Second Languages Classes and Services

    Transportation really is a must, but there are several excellent (and free) programs in the area that are often just as good as Community College programs. 

     

     

    1.  Norristown Literacy Council; has to go and register and take an assessment; offers both 1:1 tutoring classes with volunteers and organized classes; 1:1 definitely has a wait list; free

    http://lcnlit.org/

    113 East Airy Street
    Norristown, PA 19401-4932
    (610) 292-8515

     

    2.  Chester County OIC; has to go and register and take an assessment; offers both 1:1 tutoring classes with volunteers and organized classes; 1:1 definitely has a wait list; free; ask for Maryann Mann (I worked here)

    http://www.cc-oic.org/

    790 E. Market Street
    Suite 100

    West Chester, PA 19382

    (610) 692-2344 - Phone
    (610) 918-2690 - Fax
    347 Bridge Street
    Suite 201

    Phoenixville, PA 19460

    (610) 917-2344 - Phone
    (610) 917-0545 - Fax

     

    3.  Volunteer English Program; West Chester; has to go and register and take an assessment; offers both 1:1 tutoring classes with volunteers and organized classes; 1:1 definitely has a wait list; free

    790 East Market Street, Suite 215
    West Chester, PA 19382
    Phone: (610) 918-8222
    Fax: (610) 918-8223
     

    4.  Upper Merion Township Library Weekly Conversation Class; run by a volunteer; meets weekly during the day I believe; focuses on pure conversation; group changes often and varies in size and in proficiency level; contact Marianne Hooper or Sue Kirkpatrick at library for more details

    175 West Valley Forge Road
    King of Prussia, PA 19406-1851

    (610) 265-4805

     

Last Modified on July 13, 2017