About PHLprek

The City of Philadelphia is making pre-K more affordable for thousands of families

PHLpreK classrooms are now enrolling! Families interested in enrolling children in PHLpreK for the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to contact a participating program to enroll. 

Families can also call 1-844-PHL-PREK for assistance finding a participating pre-K center or to learn about other child care subsidies they may qualify for.

About Mayor Kenney’s Pre-K Initiative

Mayor Kenney’s plan is to create thousands of locally-funded, quality pre-K seats in Philadelphia. To achieve this, we are partnering with dozens of early childhood education providers, including the School District of Philadelphia.

In January 2017 the City created 2,000 free, quality pre-K seats in 80+ pre-K locations across Philadelphia. By investing over $165 million over the next five years, the City aims to create 5,500 locally-funded pre-K seats by Fall 2023. PHLpreK is funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

PHLpreK is the City of Philadelphia’s FREE, quality pre-K program.

PHLpreK is available to 3 and 4 year olds who reside in the City of Philadelphia. You are likely eligible to enroll your child for the PHLpreK 2018-19 academic year if:

  • Your child has turned 3 or 4 by September 1, 2018
  • You are a resident of Philadelphia

There are no income or employment requirements.

You can search for nearby participating programs on the PHLpreK programs page. If you would like help selecting a program that’s right for you, you can call 844-PHL-PREK and a trained professional can help you.

Visit the PHLpreK programs page to find PHLpreK programs in your area or call 844-PHL-PREK to have a trained professional help you choose a PHLpreK program that is right for you.

If you enroll your child for the traditional school day (5.5 hours), school year, this is free. If you require hours beyond a traditional school day and summer, you will need to pay the PHLpreK provider for the extra hours or take advantage of child care subsidy (CCIS) benefits if you qualify. Use our eligibility calculator to see what assistance you may qualify for or call 844-PHL-PREK.

  • Want to get PHLpreK updates? Sign up to receive enrollment alerts as more quality pre-K seats become available!
  • Learn more about Mayor Kenney’s quality pre-K initiative.

other available funding

Child Care Subsidy (CCIS)
CCIS helps eligible families of children 0-13 pay for child care.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) provides no-cost full day/full year child care for eligible families and their children under the age of 3.
Head Start
Head Start (HS) provides no-cost full day/full year child care for eligible families and their children ages 3 to 5 at agencies in your local community.
Pre-K Counts
Pre-K Counts provides no cost pre-kindergarten education for eligible children ages 3 to 5.
PHLpreK provides locally funded, affordable pre-K programs for 3 and 4 year olds.
Eligibility Calculator
Use the Eligibility Calculator to find out if you qualify for child care and pre-K funding.
Call Center
For help locating and applying for pre-K and other quality child care programs, call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735).