Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia

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Franchise Owners of Primrose School Allison P. Wilson-Maher and John F. Maher with their son
Allison P. Wilson-Maher and John F. Maher
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Allison P. Wilson-Maher and John F. Maher


Education has been a lifelong passion for Allison, as a first-generation college graduate, and John, who comes from a family of educators. In a dual-career household, we struggled to find a good match for our family that would address both our son’s educational and social-emotional development needs as well as our own need for convenience and the high-quality it takes to feel good about entrusting our child to someone else’s care. We live near Graduate Hospital (Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse), and we know that many of our friends and neighbors have faced the same challenges.

Allison is originally from Georgia, which is the birthplace of Primrose more than 30 years ago, and she knew that Primrose is everything we want for our son and his friends—an inquiry-based learning environment, true character development, and support for our other passion, health and wellness. At Primrose, we call that Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts. We waited for five long years to find the perfect place to bring the Primrose Experience, which is everything we’d been looking for, to families in Center City Philadelphia, and it’s finally arrived in the summer of 2016. Now 7+ years in the making, Primrose School of Center Cty Philadelphia has become the preschool of choice for many in our area.

We invite you to join us on this incredible journey as we open our school at 1635 Market Street, First Floor Plaza Entrance, Philadelphia, PA 19103. We are glad to meet with you personally, or feel free to join one of our parent information meetings in the coming months. Contact us by pressing the “Schedule a Tour” button on our home page today, or email us directly at:

All the best,

Allison Wilson-Maher and John Maher

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