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Creative Beginnings Celebrates 20 Years of Early Childhood Development at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (August 14, 2001) -- On September 23, 1981 a new experiment began at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The laboratory, however, was different than usual and there were no scientists in white jackets crouching over microscopes or test tubes. In this laboratory children played, learned, laughed and discovered their own talents. They flourished under the care of a devoted staff, some of whom remain today. Twenty years after this early program for children of Fox Chase Cancer Center employees opened its doors the Creative Beginnings experiment has become the model for child care excellence.

Throughout the year, Fox Chase Cancer Center has commemorated Creative Beginnings' anniversary and celebrated the many memories and success stories that began with a Richard Scarry story book, a few pet turtles and a finger paint set.

In 1981 Creative Beginnings opened its doors to fewer than half a dozen children. Today there are over 110 children from infancy to age six in two locations. The staff has grown as well from three to 29.

Each day, the children of researchers, physicians, nurses, and professional staff mingle at this model of childhood development excellence. Creative Beginnings has served as an example to employers across the area and has consistently exceeded the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare early childhood education requirements.

Creative Beginnings also maintains national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Academy administers a national, voluntary, and professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of preschools, kindergartens, child care centers, and school-age child care programs.

Parents are in agreement also that no better value existed when it came to child care, and they continue to appreciate the added benefit of being easily accessible to their children while at work. Both Creative Beginnings locations are merely a few moments walk or drive from the main campus of the Cancer Center.

Virtually every ethnicity is represented. Parents have observed that children who begin their learning at Creative Beginnings surpass academic expectations once enrolled in school. While there is currently a short waiting list for admission to Creative Beginnings, it wasn't always that way. The original staff thought under enrollment was going to be a problem, but within four months of opening there was waiting list of 35 children. Moreover, it was discovered that employee demand was greatest for infant and toddler care. In its first two years, Creative Beginnings expanded to five classrooms.

Fox Chase Cancer Center also views this early childhood development program as a commitment to helping young professionals stay in the field. The availability of quality affordable child care has been a deciding factor when young researchers, healthcare professionals and administrative staff consider a career at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Please join us in celebrating 20 years of pioneering day care at Fox Chase Cancer Center. If you have memories or stories to share, send an email to Creative Beginnings Director Judy Taylor at Judy.Taylor@fccc.edu, or call extension 215-728-5330.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at www.fccc.edu.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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