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 2020-21 academic year.
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:
- A safe, well-equipped classroom staffed by trained teachers
- A challenging, proven, play-based curriculum
- Careful attention to the whole child. It should focus on a child’s academic, physical, social, and emotional needs
- Parental engagement and a transition plan for Kindergarten
Children must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2020 to participate in the 2020-2021 academic year.
If your child will not be 3 by September 1, 2020, 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.