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City of Philadelphia

Mayor's Office of Education

Mayor's Goals

1) Provide quality Pre-K to all 3 and 4 year olds who currently lack access
2) Expand ‘Community Schools’ that deliver wrap-around services for students, families, and community members

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115 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA


Chief Education Officer

Philadelphia native Otis D. Hackney III began his career as a mathematics teacher at Germantown High School. After stints in different schools, Otis returned to South Philadelphia High School as principal, where he successfully helped heal divisions after high-profile instances of racially motivated school violence. Under his leadership, the school also adopted a "community school" approach by creating unique partnerships with supportive service providers. Mayor Kenney appointed Otis to serve as the City of Philadelphia’s chief education officer, because Otis believes that our students come first and will work to improve opportunities for every child.

While the Philadelphia School District is currently run by the School Reform Commission, not the City, the Mayor’s Office of Education works with public and private partners to improve Philadelphia’s schools and to increase educational resources for citizens of all ages.

Quality Pre-K

When children enter Kindergarten unprepared to learn, they are more likely to face academic difficulties for the rest of their time in school. In order to improve student success at all grade levels, we must invest in quality early childhood education. The Office of Education works to expand quality Pre-K in every section of the city.

Career and Technical Education and STEM

Building with a robust community of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) stakeholders, the Office of Education seeks to create excellent STEM education and career opportunities for all Philadelphians. One 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.

Community Schools

Every neighborhood in Philadelphia has its own unique strengths and challenges. In order to address each community’s specific needs, the Office of Education is working to establish ‘Community Schools,’ central hubs for students and families to access basic services, like healthcare providers or GED classes. 

Graduation Coach Campaign

The Graduation Coach Campaign provides information, resources, and strategies to adults who are guiding a student through school and onto a post-secondary plan.
The Campaign offers in-person workshops, instructional YouTube videos, and information sharing via social media.  

Mayor Returning to Learning Partnership

The Mayor's Returning to Learning Partnership is a 25% tuition discount program for full-time City employees in partnership with several area colleges and universities, helping more City employees reach their postsecondary goals.

Mayor’s Commission on Literacy

For more than thirty years, the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has worked to help adults in Philadelphia get the education they need to qualify for family-sustaining employment and post-secondary training. The Commission’s myPLACE program features campuses that offer adult basic education, GED preparation, and ESL classes at more than 30 locations throughout the city. 

Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund

The Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund was launched in response to the School District of Philadelphia’s ongoing budget cuts. Funds were raised through both private and public donations making it a truly city-wide effort to allocate the necessary funds directly to schools for use in purchasing school supplies.


PhillyGoes2College is a resource and referral service that connects Philadelphia residents, of any age, with the help they need to go to college or any step along the post-secondary continuum. We offer in-person, mobile, and online support and resources.

Promise Neighborhoods Grant Opportunity

The Promise Neighborhoods Implementation grant will fund models for improving educational outcomes in specific neighborhoods. The models will identify and address the comprehensive needs of community members, including their educational, health, economic, and social needs. To apply, requested information is due April 27th.