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Office of Children and Families Philly

The Office of Children and Families (OCF) aligns the City’s policies, resources, and services for children and families. Our priorities are:

  • Safe children.
  • Strong families.
  • Supported schools and communities.

OCF administers a number of City-supported programs, including Out-of-School TimeWorkReadyCommunity SchoolsPHLpreK, and Access Centers. The office also oversees the Department of Human Services (DHS), Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

After the Injury

Website to help children recover from physical and emotional injury and trauma.

Cease Fire Philadelphia

Helps decrease violence in Philadelphia by using apublic health approach.


Connect 211 helps you find health and human service agencies RIGHT in your neighborhood!

Go City Kids

Great listing for things to do with kids in Philadelphia.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation’ grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Multiplying Connections

Supportive, nurturing relationships are the building blocks of positive development for all children. Multiplying Connections is a Philadelphia collaborative that builds the capacity of the public children’s service system infrastructure and its professionals to:
Apply developmentally appropriate strategies for young children
Respond to children suffering from trauma in ways that ‘do no further harm;’ and
Support ways to expand the quality and quantity of children’s relationships, and nourish their healthy development.

Out of School Time Resource Center

The OSTRC promotes out-of-school time (OST) student achievement by conducting research on and providing access to staff resources and professionaldevelopment. The OSTRC maintains a website, administers a professionalListserv, and publishes several resource directories.

PA Medical Home for Special Needs

Info for parents and health care professionals who care for Children with Special Health Care Needs in PA.

The Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

The Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy.
1062 E. Lancaster Avenue, #15A
Rosemont, PA 19010 phone: 610-527-1548

Philadelphia ACE Project

Resources and research from the Philadelphia ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) task force.

PCCY (Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth)

A primier advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives and life chances of children through thoughtful and informed advocacy.

Philadelphia Children’s Foundation

Connects students and families to resources in their community for educational success.

Philly Parent Partner eGroup

Join Listserv to find and share resources for children in Philadelphia.

Phila. Dept. of Public Health Bulletin

Click below for the most recent health bulletin from Phila. Dept. of Public Health. click here

Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources to increase the number of opportunities for youth. Operates, Project U-Turn, Work Ready, E3 Centers.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Philadelphia PSR seeks to inspire, motivate and activate health professionals and others who are committed to the prevention of interpersonal violence, the delivery of high quality and accessible health care, the achievement of a sustainable environment, and the elimination of weapons of mass destruction

Pre K for PA

Fighting to ensure funding for Pre K programs in PA

Prevent Child Abuse Now

Promotes public awareness, policy, and particiapation in child abuse prevention.

Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia Coalition

Advocates for early childhood reading through health care professional’s offices.

Shared Prosperity Philadelphia

Shared Prosperity is a vision for Philadelphia — a city that collaborates and works together to fight poverty.

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Weight Site

Info for families, health care professionals and communities.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Website for parents and pediatricians to find resources for children’s health and welfare.

America’s Promise Alliance

The America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth.

Anne E. Casey Foundation

Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States

Aunt Bertha Connecting People with Programs

Click link to find resources for children, adults and elders right in your neighborhood.

CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD)

The nation’s leading non-profit organization for children and adults affected by ADD/ADHD-800-233-4050

Children’s Health Watch

Children’s HealthWatch monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children.

Children’s Defense Fund

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities

College Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities may find it difficult to acquire knowledge or skills in the same ways as their peers. This could mean they struggle to learn through traditional teaching methods, or that they wrestle with a curriculum designed for students their age.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Lot’s of info on product safety.

Docs for Tots

National advocacy organization to assist doctors in their advocacy roles.

Family Savings Account

For low-income Pennsylvanians where you can save up to $2,000 with matching funds from the state. See link below and/or check out the fact sheet.
Family Savings Account Fact Sheet

First Five Years Fund

The First Five Years Fund is committed to improving the lives of at-risk children by leveraging cost-effective investments in early learning.

Foster Care America

Great site from the AAP for resources for foster care.


GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the
urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. is a free, easy-to-use website that helps people find government benefits and assistance programs that you might be eligible to receive. Click on this site and select Pennsylvania to begin.

Great website from teh American Academy of Pediatrics for Families and Providers

Immunization Action Coalition

Vaccine information in many languages.

IRS Earned Income Tax Credit

Click below to see if you are eligible for a federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.


KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

Medline Plus

Useful information for most diseases that affect you and your child.

Military One Source

Resource for Military Families

National Center for Children in Poverty

The mission of NCCP is to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families

NetSmartz Workshop

Age appropriate, interactive website for teens and children on how to be safe on the internet.

NORD (Natl. Association for Rare Diseases)

Information for families and healthcare providers about rare diseases in children.


Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale
to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to the wounded warriors when they return home. Call (267) 721-3385 or visit their website.

Ready for Life

Website to help parents raise happy, healthy children.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a program that promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room.

Sesame Street in the Community

Amazing resource for providers and parents to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives.

Stop Bullying Now

A Bullying Reduction and Awareness resource for parents, teachers and kids.

Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child Foundation

The SUDC Foundation is dedicated to increasing the awareness of sudden unexpected deaths in childhood, and funding crucial research to better understand and prevent these tragedies.

We Can!

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity&Nutrition) is a national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf

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