Representatives from JEVS Human Services and Ann Kids Child Care Center attend the Governor’s Employer Award luncheon on May 4, 2022 in Hershey, PA.

Ann Kids Child Care Center was lauded with a 2022 Employer Honor Roll Award at the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association’s  38th Annual Conference held May 4-6, at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

The Governor’s Achievement Awards recognize exceptional employers and training providers that promote outstanding hiring and workforce development practices. Ann Kids Child Care Center was nominated by the JEVS Center for New Americans (CNA) for their ongoing commitment to provide job opportunities for refugees.

A unique place for children in the heart of Northeast Philadelphia, Ann Kids Child Day Care Center was founded in 2007 by Anna and Lev Breyman,  their children Maria and Ilya, and Anna’s mother Gita Minkovich – three-generations of educators, former JEVS clients, and TANF recipients, who came to the United States as refugees from the former Soviet Union.

The Breymans started Ann Kids Child Day Care Center with only two children and has grown their business to become one of the largest bilingual day care centers in Northeast Philadelphia, with the remarkable capacity to serve 500 children between two locations. Designated with a 4 STAR rating in 2016 by the Pennsylvania Quality Rating System under the Keystone STARS program, Ann Kids is well-known for their variety of programs, such as, nursery, preschool, kindergarten, after-school program, and summer camp that prepares children for success in early education and helps them learn to become productive members of the community.

The JEVS Center for New Americans has developed a long history of employment support with Ann Kids Child Day Care Center. As Covid-19 permeated throughout society and we were faced with an unprecedented time, JEVS CNA assisted Ann Kids Child Day Care Center with their hiring needs. Most recently, the Center for New Americans referred two refugees from Ukraine to work as teacher’s aides at Ann Kids Child Day Care Center. To date, Ann Kids Child Day Care Center has hired nine refugee clients from the JEVS Center for New Americans and is ready to continue their support of our refugee community by offering various employment opportunities.

Continuing to work in such capacities, they have been promoted and earned pay raises on more than one occasion. The company pays $22.00 per hour, provides employees with great benefits, such as, health insurance, 401-k (6% matching), college tuition assistance, paid time off, paid sick time, paid holidays, paid emergency closing, and free lunches. Ann Kids has established a family-like work environment, where everyone is treated with love and respect.

JEVS Center for New Americans is proud to have Ann Kids Child Day Care Center as a member of our refugee-friendly employer network.

Presented during the Governor’s Employer Award Luncheon, watch the meaningful acceptance speech from Maria, daughter of Anna and Lev Breyman, founders of Ann Kids Child Care Center:

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