About PHLprek

The City of Philadelphia funds free, quality pre-K for thousands of families.

PHLpreK seats are available for the 2022-2023 year! Families interested in enrolling children in PHLpreK during the 2022-2023 school year can find participating locations at freephillyprek.org.

Families can also call 1-844-PHL-PREK for assistance finding a participating pre-K center or to learn about other child care subsidies they may qualify for.

About Mayor Kenney’s Pre-K Initiative

Mayor Kenney’s plan is to create thousands of new, locally-funded, quality pre-K seats in Philadelphia. To achieve this, we are partnering with over 130 early childhood education centers throughout Philadelphia.

Since 2017, PHLpreK has served over 13,000 children. PHLpreK is now offering 4,300 children free, quality pre-K during the 2022–2023 school year. To achieve this, we partner with more than 180 early childhood education providers.

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 2022-23 academic year if:

  • Your child has turned 3 or 4 by September 1, 2022
  • 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.

Visit the PHLpreK programs page to find PHLpreK programs in your area or call 844-PHL-PREK to have a trained professional help you choose a PHLpreK program that is right for 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.

  • 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

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC)
The ELRC helps qualified families pay for child care fees
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 provides locally funded, affordable pre-K programs for 3 and 4 year olds.