News &

Media Contact

Amy Merves
Manager of
Media Relations



Fox Chase Cancer Center Day-Care Recognized Locally as Best Place to Work

PHILADELPHIA (February 21, 2006) - Creative Beginnings, the child development program for children of Fox Chase Cancer Center employees, has received the "Best Place to Work" award (large center category) by the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC). The winners were recognized at the DVAEYC's fourth annual Chocolate Extravaganza on Thursday, February 9th.

DVAEYC presents the "Best Place to Work" award to highlight child-care programs that recognize the importance of a quality work environment for staff as well as quality programming for children, and to encourage work environment excellence. The awards are based on the Model Work Standards developed by the Center for the Child Care Workforce.

Creative Beginnings has also received accreditation from the National Association of Educators for Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate national standards of excellence. Only a small percent of early childhood programs nationwide have achieved this prestigious recognition.

"Our center consistently exceeds expectations of high quality child care as evidenced by positive annual parent surveys, notes and cards received by the staff throughout the year. We take pride and feel valued in the fact that by supporting our families, we are contributing to the mission of Fox Chase Cancer Center - to reduce the burden of human cancer," stated the senior teachers at Creative Beginnings in their nomination letter.

The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children has been working since 1968, on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of young children (birth-eight) in Southeastern Pennsylvania. DVAEYC is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for young children by offering professional development and training to early childhood community and by increasing support for high quality early childhood programs.

Established in 1981, Creative Beginnings was one of the first, on-site employee child development centers in the Philadelphia area.

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).

More 2006 News Releases »