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.


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. The curriculum includes: Language Arts, Creative Expression, Science, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Literacy, Physical Activities and Music. We strongly support children’s social and emotional development.

All of our curricular planning and implementation respects each child’s unique style of learning, using developmentally appropriate materials and equipment, and alternates between child-initiated and teacher-directed activities. Our teaching themes introduce ideas and concepts that invite the children to explore our world, and provide the foundations for scaffolding children’s learning. Our goal is future school success.


"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.

"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.

Meet the Team

Check out the Bio's of our Administrative Team
Shanyka is enthusiastic and passionate about her position at The Olde City Day School. As Director at the Germantown Center her passion and interest for the field of early childhood has grown. She strives for perfection daily and ensures that the needs of the parents are met and that the children are learning in accordance with the PA standards of early childhood.

Shanyka provides a caring, safe, encouraging, fun and educational environment for all of her students.
Which are learned skills from an extensive work and volunteer history with autistic and brain injured children as well as dual diagnosis adults and adolescents.
Kellieann Collins Sullivan
OCDS Cuthbert 
Kellieann knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design where she earned a BFA in Art Education. Kellieann is dual-certified in the state of Pennsylvania, holding certification in Art Education K-12 and Mathematics 7-9. She has over 12 years experience in the education field that spans a wide rage of positions. She started as a tutor and substitute teacher for multiple districts, moved on to be the Assistant Director of Education at a well-known tutoring center, then became a teacher at an alternative high school for at risk youth. Soon after she advanced to become the principal.
Kellieann believes that it is important to foster independence, self-confidence and problem solving skills at a very young age. She believes that these qualities will give children the courage and skills to challenge themselves, to take risks and to be free thinkers. Kellieann feels every classroom should have a good balance of structure and nurture, all while making children feel safe, secure and free to explore and take risks.

Kellieann joined the Olde City Day School family in May of 2011 as an assistant teacher, advanced to the lead teacher of the Pre-K program and is now humbled and excited to be the Director at the Cuthbert Street location. When Kellieann is not at Olde City Day School she enjoys creating art with her husband, listening to music and playing with her two dogs Balki & Larry.

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.
 OCDS Newbold
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!”

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.

Executive Director
The Olde City Day School

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.
OCDS Germantown 
Shanyka Holmes Ferrell
Shanyka is a Rutgers University Graduate holding a BA in Psychology with a minor in Childhood Studies. She  previously earned her Associate’s degree from Harcum College in Psychology.

Shanyka has a husband of five years and  3 beautiful children who mean the world to her.
She is also the founder of a community service organization and enjoys riding horses and traveling. She loves to watch children grow as they strengthen their emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills while understanding the importance of creating meaningful experiences.