PHLpreK

PHLpreK provides locally funded quality pre-K programs for 3 and 4-year-olds. With the passage of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax in June 2016, Philadelphia City Council approved Mayor Kenney’s plan to create 6,500 locally-funded, quality pre-K seats in Philadelphia over the next five years.

Find out if you’re eligible for funding assistance

What is PHLpreK?

PHLpreK is Philadelphia’s FREE, new quality pre-K program.

Am I eligible?

PHLpreK is available to 3 and 4 year old children 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

How can I find PHLpreK programs?

You can view our current list of PHLpreK programs to find a FREE, quality program near you! Call 1-844-PHL-PREK to learn more about starting the application process.

How can I apply?

You can contact any participating program directly to enroll in PHLpreK at their program. If you’d like assistance, call 1-844-PHL-PREK to learn more about starting the application process.

Is PHLpreK free?

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.

Where can I learn more?

  • 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
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).