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Education & learning

Early childhood education

With the passage of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax in June 2016, Philadelphia City Council approved Mayor Kenney’s plan to create thousands of new, locally-funded, quality pre-K seats in Philadelphia. To achieve this, the Mayor’s Office of Education founded the PHLpreK program and is now partnering with 140+ pre-K centers to serve 3,300 children annually. The program serves three- and four-year-olds and is free for any family, regardless of income. The program will grow to 5,500 seats in 2022. The City is also working with providers committed to improving the quality of their programs by connecting them to training, technical assistance, facilities supports, and more.

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