To meaningfully change the academic outcomes of our schools, the single most important investment we can make is in quality pre-K.- Mayor Jim Kenney -
To create a city where all people can learn and thrive.
The Mayor’s Office of Education provides leadership to improve education in the City of Philadelphia.
To achieve this mission, MOE creates policies and programs to:
- Expand access to quality pre-K for Philadelphia families;
- Support the creation of Community Schools, designed to strengthen local schools by removing barriers to student success;
- Facilitate collaboration and partnership among many stakeholders in order to strengthen the local education landscape; and
- Advance key educational policy
About half of Philadelphia’s children arrive at kindergarten without the behavioral, social, and literacy skills they need to succeed in the early grades. To improve student success at all grade levels, the City is investing $243 million over the next five years to strengthen the local network of early childhood education providers and expand quality pre-K seats in every section of the city. As a result, we will create 5,500 new locally-funded, quality pre-K seats, cutting the need by more than half as the City moves toward universal pre-K. We will also advocate in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., for additional early education funding.
The community schools strategy aims to meet children’s physical, social, and emotional needs more effectively so they can succeed in the classroom. Each community school will have a full-time coordinator who will work with the entire school community: students, parents, teachers, administrators, service providers, and neighbors. This team effort will help identify the community’s most pressing needs, such as expanded medical services, after-school programming, and job-training. The coordinators will then work with nonprofits and City agencies to bring these resources directly into the schools. Over the next five years, the City will invest nearly $29 million to transform 20 existing public schools into community schools. By meeting the needs of the whole child and local community, community schools will strengthen schools and neighborhoods.
A major focus of our efforts is to equip students with the skills required to be successful in high-skill, high-wage, and high-priority occupations. Building with the School District’s Office of Career and Technical Education, as well a robust community of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) stakeholders, the Office of Education works to create excellent STEM education and technical training opportunities for all Philadelphians.