Spring 2020 Schedule and Registration


We are looking forward to starting our Spring Session!
We hope you can join us!

Class Schedule

How to Register for a Class

Use the schedule above to select a group according to your child's age at the BEGINNING of the session. Group ages are approximate, so if you have questions about which group would be the best fit for your child's age, please feel free to call us at 215-829-5555 or email us at CPCenter@uphs.upenn.edu

Payment is made with a credit card at the Hall-Mercer Business Office. Payment for the session is required at the first class meeting. We regret that we cannot reserve space in a group without payment. Once groups have started, all fees are non-refundable. We regret that we cannot discount fees for groups that you are not able to attend.

Please enroll as soon as possible! Groups fill up quickly, and registrations will be processed in the order that they are received.

Twin Discount: For twins younger than 8 months, there is no additional fee. For twins older than 8 months, there is a 50% discount for the
second child.

We will contact all families by phone/email to confirm registration and group placements. Enrollment is limited in order to provide a high-quality program in a relaxed, child-safe environment. If we do not have a group opening available, we will contact you and let you know if a spot becomes available!

If you have any questions, especially questions about choosing the best group for your child's age, please feel free to call us at 215-829-5555 or email us at CPCenter@uphs.upenn.edu

If you cannot participate in this Session, but would like to be notified when new groups are offered, just email us and we will be sure to include you on our electronic mailing list.

If you don't see a class offered at your preferred day/time, feel free to drop us an email! We are happy to start new groups whenever possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly do classes fill up?

Classes fill up quickly, and registrations will be processed in the order that they are received. Please complete your registration and send payment to us as soon as possible!


Who usually comes to the class?

Our groups are typically attended by mothers with their babies, but fathers are welcome too!


How does payment work? What if I can't attend all the class sessions?

Payment is required on the first day of class. Once groups have started, all fees are non-refundable. We regret that we cannot discount fees for groups that you are not able to attend due to illness or schedule conflicts.


Can I bring my child's older or younger sibling to the class?

No, we regret that, due to space limitations, we generally cannot accommodate siblings in classes. The only exception is that if an older sibling is at least 7 years old, they are permitted to attend the class.


Is there an additional fee for twins? Is there a twin discount?

No, there is no additional fee for twins under 8 months old. For twins older than 8 months, we offer a Twin Discount--the class fee is only one and one-half times the class fee for a single child.


How will I know if I have a confirmed space in the class?

We will contact all families by phone/email to confirm enrollment after you complete the electronic registration form and send payment to our office.


What if there is no space left in the class?

Enrollment is limited in order to provide a high-quality program in a relaxed, child-safe environment. If we do not have a group opening available, we will contact you and your check will be returned. We will definitely let you know if an opening becomes available! We may also open a second group if we have enough interested families.


Where is the class held?

The class is held at the Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center, which is on the 3rd Floor of the Hall-Mercer Building. The Hall-Mercer Building is on the campus of Pennsylvania Hospital, near the main hospital building. We are located on 8th St. between Spruce and Locust Sts. Our address is 245 S. 8th St., Phila, PA 19106.


What if I can't join the group right now, but I'd like to join in the future?

If you cannot participate in this session, but would like to be notified when new groups are offered, just email us and we will be sure to include you on our electronic mailing list.

If you have any questions...
Call: 215-829-5555
Email: CPCenter@uphs.upenn.edu


What Makes Hall-Mercer Unique?

Hall-Mercer Child and Parent Center has been Philadelphia's leader in parenting education and developmental playgroups for over 40 years. We offer experiential learning for parents and children, based on the latest research in child development and parenting education. We are a not-for-profit program run through Pennsylvania Hospital. Our goal is to provide support and information to give you confidence in your parenting and help you enrich your relationship with your child.

Our groups offer plenty of individual attention from expert instructors who will get to know you and your child. We will help you to understand your child's personality, tailor your parenting to your child's temperament, and meet the unique challenges of each phase in your child's life.

Our classes are carefully designed for babies, toddlers, and young children. We provide long class sessions that allow little ones to explore freely, sustain attention, learn class routines, and strengthen relationships with instructors and other children. 

Our long class sessions also allow parents to build lasting friendships and to learn from each other as they find a sense of community for their new families.

Your Child's First Friends…

Babies, toddlers, and young children love to spend time socializing with each other as they make their "first friends" at Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center.

We offer playgroups and discussion-based classes for families with young children from birth up to three years of age. In our classes, parents meet other families with children close in age to their own and have a place to learn about their child's development, share experiences, and make lasting friendships.

Our mission is to promote healthy development in children and to give parents the information and support they need to feel confident in their role as parents and to help their children thrive.

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