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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 understand find and pay for quality early learning programs. Click for info.
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 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. Click here for info

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

Comprehensive Day Care Programs and Bright Futures and Pre-K Counts

Through the School District of Philadelphia, this program serves children up to to 11 years old. Also operates Early Head Start programs, Pre-K Counts, and Bright Futures. 440 N. Broad St. . Call 215-400-5757
Pre-K Counts locations – Free Pre-K 3-5 year olds if making less then $60,000 for family of 4 or more. Contact location directly. Can apply directly through Compass.

Early Head Start

A child development and family support program for pregnant women living in Philadelphia and families with children less then 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.


Many children and adult programs including: after school programs; summer camps; child care; literacy; weight management; and tutoring. North Phila-1400 N. Broad 215-235-6440; South Phila- 1724 Christian St.- 215-735-5800; West Phila-5120 Chestnut St.- 215-476-2700; NE Phila- 11088 Knights Rd- 215-632-0100; and Roxborough- 7201 Ridge Ave- 215-482-3900.

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. 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

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.

Community Council Therapeutic Preschool

For children ages 2.9 -5 with significant social/emotional and behavioral needs. 1241 N. Taney Street, 19121.
Call 215-278-2390.

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/Parent and Children Together (PACT)/Children’s Reach. 265 E. Lehigh Ave. 19125. 215-427-1500

Crisis Care Nurseries and Respite Care

Available through Youth Service, Inc., 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. 2 sites:
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 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 Boothwyn, Delaware County 888-340-9420. Lauren’s House is a brand new 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. Bus transportation is provided. Hours of operation are 6:30AM – 6:30PM, Monday through Friday. We set ourselves apart from others with our age appropriate classrooms, therapy gym, and both indoor/outdoor play areas. Meals are provided. Call 215-376-6801 for info. 8101 Washington Lane Wyncote, PA 19095

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