Provider Application Process

School Year 2023-2024

PHLpreK Provider Application for the 2023-2024 School Year

Deadline: January 31, 2023 12:00 PM ET

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The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families (OCF) is pleased to announce the application process for childcare providers interested in PHLpreK seats for the 2023-2024 school year. The City funded 4,300 quality pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) seats at 180 locations in the current 2022-23 school year and plans to expand in the 2023-24 school year.

In an effort to streamline the application process, the provider application has been significantly revised to include more multiple-choice questions and fewer uploads.  Two versions of the application will be available:

  1. Renewal Application This application is for either:
    a) provider locations that contracted with PHLpreK in the 2022-2023 program year OR
    b) providers who were prequalified/waitlisted to receive seats for 2022-2023 and attended an October/November Pre-Qualified Orientation session with the SPARK Quality Support Center.

  2. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for New Provider Locations

This application is a request for qualifications for new provider locations and is designed to develop a pool of Providers to be considered for slot awards in the 2023-2024 program year to support program expansion or redistribution for existing contracts.  Applicants in this category must attend an Application Info Session (see registration options below).

All applicants are encouraged to attend an FY24 Application Info Session.  Application Info Sessions  include an overview of the new application process, eligibility requirements, and a Q&A. The last 30 minutes of the Renewal sessions review the RFQ for those interested in also applying for new locations.  All sessions have translation available in multiple languages.

At this time, all dates and times for live virtual offerings have passed.  Please use the following links to register to view a recorded session. For those wishing to apply under the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for New Locations, you can register and view the recording to satisfy the requirement of attending and Application Info Session.   To view the recording in Spanish or another language, please email phlprek@phmc.org.

Type of Provider Application Info Session Registration Info

Renewal PHLpreK location or Pre-Qualified location

Strongly Recommended

Register to view a recording

Passcode: X@tM64BU

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New Location Required

Register to view a recording

Passcode: jLp0*@zK

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How to Apply

  • Submit an application in web platform (Cognito Forms)
    The deadline to submit an application was January 31, 2023 at 12 PM ET. Please contact PHLpreK@phmc.org with any questions.

Access Language Supports

PHLpreK encourages applications from bi- or multilingual providers and those who may provide services in other languages. To learn more about language supports:

If you are interested in the language access supports to assist with the application process, please contact PHLpreK at phlprek@phmc.org or call 267-773-4432. The deadline to request language access support is December 20, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This document is a collection of questions from Providers about the PHLpreK Provider Application for Funding for the 2023-2024 School Year.