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Child 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

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.

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

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

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.

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