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All 3 and 4 year olds (child must have turned 3 or 4 by September 1, 2018) who are residents of the City of Philadelphia are eligible for the 2018-19 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 help you locate programs, start an application, and determine if you are eligible for public programs that make quality pre-K more affordable.

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.

The phone call should not take more than 15-20 minutes. A trained professional will help you apply to see if you qualify for CCIS. They will also ask you for your contact information in order to send a follow-up letter. This letter will direct families to send in necessary documentation, namely to prove residency and child’s age, and provide them with the list of pre-qualified pre-K programs

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, 2018 to participate in the 2018-19 academic year.

If your child will not be 3 by September 1, 2018, 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.
Call Center
For help locating and applying for pre-K and other quality child care programs, call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735).