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Child Care/Respite Care

Early Learning Resource Center

The Early Learning Resource Center is a single point of contact for families, early learning providers and communities. Call Hotline 1-888-461-KIDS (5437) for info on finding, selecting and paying for daycare.

Shared Prosperity Philadelphia- Learning Starts Now

Great site that helps families with children 5 and under understand find and pay for quality early learning programs. Click for info or call 215.685.3600
Tips for choosing great child care
Seven Elements of Quality Childcare

Great Philly Schools Early Childhood Program Finder

Information about the highest quality child care and preschool programs in Philadelphia, including location, program cost, safety, and accreditation.

COMPASS Early Learning Program Finder

The new COMPASS early learning program search,, offers a simple zip code search for families to quickly find programs near them, or a more advanced search to meet their specific needs. Search for a variety of early learning programs throughout PA, like

          • Regulated child care and Keystone STARS programs, Home Visiting programs, Head Start, Early Intervention, and PA Pre-K Counts.
          • Get directions to programs.
          • View inspection history of child care programs.
          • Filter by financial programs accepted, like Child Care Works or scholarships.
          • Add programs to your List to compare and create a personalized summary report.
          • Search for programs that offer overnight care.

Print the one-page flyer (PDF) for info

Philadelphia PreK- Mayor’s Office of Education

Find  Pre-K and quality child care for kids from birth to five. Call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735) or check out the great website here.
Click for interactive map and here for eligibility. 

Keystone STARS- Quality Rating System for Pre-K

Keystone STARS provides families a tool to gauge the quality of early learning programs and is proven to improve the quality of child care based on an independent study. Child care and Head Start programs earn a STAR 1 to STAR 4 level by meeting quality standards for teacher qualifications, learning environment and program management.

Office of Early Childhood Education

Info and links to many preschool programs in Philly.
Click here for info or call 215-400-4270

Head Start -Pre-Kindergarten

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income three, four, and five year olds. It provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education. The program ensures that young children get health checkups and treatment, and that they are fed a nutritious hot meal every day. 215-400-4270 to register or 866-763-6481 for more info.
Click here for applications or apply online at Compass

Early Head Start

A child development and family support program for pregnant women living in Philadelphia and families with children less than 3 years old. Provides weekly parent-child interaction in the family’s home, play groups twice a month, and info on health and nutrition- Click below to find one close to you.

Caring People Alliance (CPA)

This is a comprehensive, community-based human service agency, that includes the following programs for teens: Boys and Girls Club; after-school programs; summer camps; and recreation programs West Philadelphia – 215-386-4075 North Philadelphia – 215-763-0900 South Philadelphia – 215-218-0800

Early Learning GPS Toolkit

Click this link to learn about a baby and child’s development, what a caregiver can do to maximize a child’s early learning, and get a personal plan for a child’s learning and growth. Good for children ages 0-4 years. Click here

Child Care and Development Info from the Office of Childhood Development and Early Learning

Great information to help with: finding child care; helping with your child’s development; and info on child nutrition and safety.


For preschool children with severe behavioral issues

Click below Brochure for help if child at risk of expulsion in early childhood programs

Is your child at-risk of losing their place in a Pennsylvania Early Childhood Program due to challenging behavior. Click here for info and call Call the Child Care Works Helpline 1-877-4-PA-KIDS

CCTC Therapeutic Nursery

CCTC’s Therapeutic Nursery is a preschool program designed for children ages 2 1/2 through 5 with significant behavioral challenges.  1080 North Delaware Avenue. Suite 600. Call 215-496-0707 for info.

Therapy for the Young Mind

Therapy for the Young Mind is a therapeutic day program for children ages 2.5 years to 5 years old. Our program provides therapeutic services to children who are experiencing significant social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges which could adversely affect their success in a regular preschool or day care setting. 4900 Wyalusing Avenue , (215) 473-7033 (Dial 0 for live operator). The children are also provided with a hot breakfast and lunch daily.

Hall Mercer Therapeutic Nursery

For children ages 3-5 with behavioral disorders and emotional and social difficulties. 245 South 8th Street. Call 215-829-5554.

Merakey (formerly NHS)

Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health, and education non-profit provider offering a wide range of services for individuals and communities across the country. 888-647-0020.

Crisis Care Nurseries and Respite Care

Available through Hope Services  these free nurseries offer short-term care for young children whose parents need a safe place to leave their children temporarily due to parental illness, job search, housing search, drug treatment or just as a respite from the stresses of parenting. Click here for brochure.
Baring House (West Phila), 3401 Baring Street, 215-386-0251

Respite Care through DBH

Respite care for families of children 6-17 years old with a severe behavioral or mental health diagnosis. Go to for info.

Frankie’s World

Frankie’s World is a daycare for children with special healthcare needs. We provide skilled nursing care, OT, PT, and speech therapy for children that qualify ages infants through 8 years. Transportation is also provided for children that require it. 1011 Poplar Street. Call 215-763-0151.

Lauren’s House

Lauren’s House is a loving, caring Center for Special Needs Children. Lauren’s House targets children from birth up to twenty-one years of age who have skilled medical/nursing needs whether acute or chronic in nature.
Lauren’s House is a licensed Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center (PPECC) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 3 locations: North Philly 888-340-9430; Coatsville 877-589-0854; and Dover, DE: (302) 730-1717 Lauren’s House is a state of the art center, operated by professional personnel with years of pediatric experience. Call 888-340-9420.

Aveanna (formerly Pediatria) Healthcare for Kids

Aveanna (Pediatria) Healthcare for Kids Day Health program is a day health center for special needs children from birth to age 8. Call (770) 441-1580 for info. Locations in Wyncote, Media, Bala Cynwyd, and Mt. Laurel.

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