PHILADELPHIA –  Today, PHLpreK students at Prodigy Learning Center, practiced their early culinary skills, by dressing in white chef hats and aprons, while serving waffles to their peers. Together, they enjoyed breakfast in celebration of this year’s Week of the Young Child (WOYC).

Joined by Chief Deputy Managing Director of the Office of Children and Families, Vanessa Garrett Harley, WOYC is an annual around-the-world celebration recognizing young learners, educators, families, and early childhood programs and services.

“There is no better way to celebrate young learners and educators than visiting one of the many childcare centers here in Philadelphia, and most importantly, one of our very own PHLpreK providers,” said Vanessa Garrett Harley, Chief Deputy Managing Director, Office of Children and Families. “Seeing our children in safe and fun learning spaces, smiling, laughing, and surrounded by those invested in building a strong foundation for them is why we remain committed to making free and quality pre-K accessible to families. Thank you to Prodigy Learning Center, and all Philadelphia early childhood educators, for sharing the same commitment.”

Prodigy Learning Center, at 3345 W. Hunting Park Ave., is one of the 222 locations that provide PHLpreK programming to Philadelphia children, serving roughly 70 students annually.

View photos from today’s celebration here.


About PHLpreK:
PHLpreK is the City of Philadelphia’s free, quality pre-K program that was founded in 2017. Funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, PHLpreK is helping families across Philadelphia access affordable, quality early childhood education opportunities. To sign up for PHLpreK, interested families can call (844) PHL-PREK or visit to find a current provider and enroll.