About Us

Who We Are

About the Green Byrne Child Care Center

Established in 1988, Green Byrne Child Care Center is located in the Wm. J. Green Federal Building in Philadelphia, PA. Our state-of-the-art child care facility includes security code access, an outdoor playground, and a fully-equipped kitchen with healthy meals prepared on-site daily. We serve 100 children, ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Our center is proudly:
  • NAEYC accredited
  • A STAR 4A Keystone Star Center
  • A GSA Federal Child Care Center
  • Department of Human Services Licensed by the state of Pennsylvania
  • Eco-Healthy Certified
  • Pre-K Program partnered with the School District of Philadelphia
The Green Byrne is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization run by an all-volunteer board of directors. The Center has its rent, utilities and cleaning services provided by the tenants of the Wm. J. Green Federal building. This allows us to focus more resources on our highly qualified staff and programs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Green Byrne Child Care Center, we celebrate diversity. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Additionally, the provision of service and referrals of children shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin or disability.

Administrative Staff

Meet our terrific Green Team Administrators.
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Ellen August Booth

Executive Director since 2003

Ed.D in Educational Leadership K-12, Immaculata University; MA in Early Childhood Education; BA in Education and Psychology, Arcadia University
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Josie Collazo

Assistant Director

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education/Reading Specialist, Chestnut Hill College; Pennsylvania State Teacher Certification, Level II; BA in Early Childhood Education, Chestnut Hill College

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Karen Braxton

Enrollment & Family Coordinator

BS in Psychology, La Salle University; AA in Early Childhood Education, Community College of Philadelphia
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Tara Jones

Program & Staff Coordinator

BS in Early Childhood Education, Ashford University; AA in Early Childhood Education, Community College of Philadelphia 

Board of Directors

The mission of the Green Byrne Child Care Center Board of Directors is to ensure that a stable, high-quality child development program is available to all Federal families and the community. Board members, along with the Director, oversee budget planning and approval, policy review and updates, financial reports, and strategic planning for the Center. Meet our board.
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Chad Cooper

Career Law Clerk

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Elizabeth Toplin

Federal Defender

Vice President
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Caroline Bar



Members at Large

Joann Sullivan

Education Consultant

Kathleen Gaughan

Assistant Federal Defender

Judge Timothy Savage

US District Judge

Parents' Engagement Group

Our Parents’ Engagement Group plays an important role here. Volunteers partner with the center to keep our children happy and stimulated. Parents bring fresh ideas and talents to help the center in a variety of ways, from implementing program improvements to building our Alumni Association to supporting new activities. We’re always looking for new parent volunteers to get involved.