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All 3 and 4 year olds (child must have turned 3 or 4 by September 1 of the desired academic school year) who are residents of the City of Philadelphia are eligible for the 2019-20 academic year.

Our list of quality PHLpreK programs is a great way to find a quality pre-K near you! Call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735) for help locating and selecting a quality program that’s right for you or download the “Parent’s Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care” for detailed instructions.

Call 1-844-PHL-PreK (1-844-745-7735). A trained professional can support you in locating PHLpreK and other early childhood education programs that meet your family’s needs.

You can also use the map on the PHLpreK programs page to find programs in your area.

Call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735). And do it soon, enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A trained professional will help you identify PHLpreK locations that fit your preferences, as well as refer you to other resources you may quality for. They will also ask you for your contact information in order to send a follow-up email or letter. This follow up  information will direct families to take  necessary documentation, namely to prove residency and child’s age, and provide it to the PHLpreK locations of their choice.

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.

For a program to be quality it should have:

  1. A safe, well-equipped classroom staffed by trained teachers
  2. A challenging, proven, play-based curriculum
  3. Careful attention to the whole child. It should focus on a child’s academic, physical, social, and emotional needs
  4. Parental engagement and a transition plan for Kindergarten

Children must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019 to participate in the 2019-20 academic year.

If your child will not be 3 by September 1, 2019, call 1-844-PHL-PreK (1-844-745-7735) and a trained professional will help you find quality child care options. You can also complete the Eligibility Calculator to see what other funding you might be eligible for.  To get future pre-K enrollment alerts, sign up here.

There are several public programs that make quality early childhood education more affordable for families. Call 1-844-PHL-PreK (1-844-745-7735) to see if you’re eligible.

Visit the PHLpreK page to learn more about the City of Philadelphia’s pre-K program, and view our PHLpreK programs list to find FREE quality pre-K near you!

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Eligibility Calculator
Use the Eligibility Calculator to find out if you qualify for child care and pre-K funding.
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For help locating and applying for pre-K and other quality child care programs, call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735).