The City of Philadelphia is making pre-K more affordable for thousands of families
PHLpreK classrooms are currently at capacity for the 2017-2018 school year. Families interested in enrolling children in PHLpreK for the current school year are encouraged to contact a participating program to be added to the program’s wait list.
Families can also call 1-844-PHL-PREK to learn about other child care subsidies they may qualify for.
About Mayor Kenney’s Pre-K Initiative
With the passage of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax in June 2016, Philadelphia City Council approved Mayor Kenney’s five-year plan to create 6,500 locally-funded, affordable pre-K seats in Philadelphia. To achieve this, we are partnering with early childhood education providers, mostly in high-need areas, including the School District of Philadelphia.
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 2017-18 academic year if:
- Your child has turned 3 or 4 by September 1, 2017
- 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.
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.