Great site that helps families with children 5 and under understand find and pay for quality early learning programs. Click sharedprosperityphila.org/learning-starts-now for info or call 215.685.3600
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Seven Elements of Quality Childcare
Information about the highest quality child care and preschool programs in Philadelphia, including location, program cost, safety, and accreditation.
The new COMPASS early learning program search, www.findchildcare.pa.gov, 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
Print the one-page flyer (PDF) for info
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. https://www.pakeys.org/keystone-stars/
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. https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/center-locator
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
Find your nearest YMCA on https://www.philaymca.org/locations?type=ymca,administration&amenities
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
Great information to help with: finding child care; helping with your child’s development; and info on child nutrition and safety.