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R.W. Brown Community Center

R.W. Brown Community Center.  The R.W. Brown Community Center at 1701 N. 8th Street in North Central Philadelphia provides an array of youth and family focused services.  The “R” as it is known in the community is a 39,000 square foot facility that includes a competition swimming pool, full-size gymnasium, cafeteria with kitchen, stage, computer center with 15 computer stations and high-speed internet access, and various classrooms and community meeting spaces.


Programs at the R.W. Brown Community Center include:

Early Learning Center.  The R.W. Brown Early Learning Center provides full-day (7:00am – 6:00pm), full-year preschool programming for ages 1 year to 5 years.  The program include exciting educational activities such as swimming lessons, arts & crafts, computer technology, music appreciation, educational trips and theater classes.

Breakfast, lunch and two snacks are served.  The R.W. Brown Early Learning center is high quality facility that offers Pre-K Counts and Head Start Programs for 3-5 year olds.  We welcome TANF and State Child Care Subsidy.  For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Early Learning Center Director and ask for an appointment to tour the Early Learning Center.

Boys & Girls Club.  The R.W. Brown charter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides after-school and full-day summer programming for school aged children, age 6 to 12.  Activities include “Power Hour” homework help; tutoring; “Project Learn” high-yield learning activities; arts and cultural activities such as drawing, painting, music and dance; athletic and recreational activities such as swimming, basketball, volleyball, kickball; computer activities including computer use, Microsoft programs, internet safety, digital arts and music editing; life skills including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America SMART Moves® program; and special programming developed around holiday themes, current events, and youth performances.

Activities are supplemented with occasional educational and recreational trips throughout the region. All youth receive a healthy after school snack during the school year and a healthy breakfast, snack and lunch during the full-day summer programming.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Teen Club.  Teens have a dedicated Teen Lounge at the “R” that was recently renovated through the help of the Vynamic® corporation.  Here teens enjoy hanging out with friends, table games, pool table, dedicated computer stations, comfortable furniture and a TV.  In addition, teens have access to a wide variety of activities and programs including educational, arts, athletics and recreational activities, community service and leadership activities, and the ability to participate in regional and national B&GCA programs and conferences including “Youth of the Year,” “Keystone Club,” “Career launch,” “Goals for Graduation,” “Money Matters,” and many others.  Teen participate in regional field trips and attend regional and national conferences. Through support from UPS, teens can participate in UPS’s award winning Road Code driving course on driving simulators.

Caring Paws Humane Education.  The “R” is home to our small animal zoo that includes a variety of therapy animals including ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and even Fleur, a specially trained therapy dog.  All youth at the “R” have the opportunity to learn about animals, their proper care and appropriateness as pets.  Each year a small group of youth get to work closely with the Caring Paws animals and learn first-hand about caring for pets.  For more information, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  , Caring Paws program coordinator.

SeaPerch.  The R.W. Brown Boys & Girls Clubs is excited to be invited to participate in SeaPerch - a national robotics competition sponsored by the Office of Naval research.  A team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will design and build an underwater robot and participate in the Philadlephia regional competition in the Spring of 2015.  The program works closely with Temple University College of Science and Technology to improve science, technology, engineering, and math learning opportunities for our youth.