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Quality Pre-K

Strengthening the local network of early childhood education providers, and expanding quality pre-K seats in every section of the city.


PHLpreK offers free, quality pre-K to children ages 3–4 across Philadelphia. This program is funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax proposed by Mayor Kenney and passed by City Council in 2016.

PHLpreK currently offers 3,300 children free, quality pre-K each year. To achieve this, we partner with more than 130 early childhood education providers.

What is Quality Pre-K?

  • A safe, well-equipped classroom staffed by trained teachers
  • A challenging, proven, play-based curriculum
  • Careful attention to the whole child (academic, physical, social, and emotional needs)
  • Parental engagement and a transition plan for Kindergarten


1515 Arch St.
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

How to enroll

Stay tuned for enrollment updates.

For details on eligibility and providers, see the PHLpreK website. You can also sign up for updates from the Office of Children and Families.


Since January 2017, over 8,000 students and families have participated in the City's free, quality pre-K program. PHLpreK currently funds 3,300 seats in nearly 140 pre-K locations across Philadelphia. PHLpreK is funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.


Investing in quality pre-K provides short-term and lasting benefits for the City of Philadelphia.

For Children

Quality pre-K nurtures growing minds during critical years of development. It ensures that all children arrive to Kindergarten ready to learn. Quality pre-K is also linked to better health outcomes, increased graduation rates, and higher earning potential.

For Families

Cost should not prevent a parent's ability to choose quality pre-K for their child. This program makes quality learning opportunities for three- and four-year-olds more convenient and affordable for families.

For Schools

Two thirds of children in Philadelphia entered the 4th grade unable to read at grade level. Quality pre-K reduces grade repetition and the need for special education services. This provides a significant cost savings to K-12 schools.

For Philadelphia

This investment strengthens neighborhood-based pre-K providers, most of which are minority and women-owned businesses. Studies show that pre-K providers and staff spend earnings locally, benefitting our entire economy.

Expanding Careers in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Skilled, trained and dedicated Early Childhood Education professionals play a key role in Philadelphia’s PHLpreK initiative. Children ages 3 to 4 learn and develop quickly, and the teachers who nurture them today will shape our city’s future. Increased funding for pre-K seats in Philadelphia means ECE centers across the city are expanding. These centers will need assistant and lead teachers who can make a lasting impact on our city's youngest learners.

As part of the PHLpreK initiative, our team connects prospective and current ECE professionals to training and education opportunities throughout Philadelphia. If you have any questions about ECE opportunities, call our PHLpreK workforce team at (215) 686-0335.

Did you know that many of our PHLpreK programs are hiring? Consider applying to one of our PHLpreK programs with recently open positions.

If you’re interested in starting or continuing your career in ECE, visit the resources section of to get started.