PHLpreK, the City of Philadelphia’s quality pre-K program, is seeking providers for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The Mayor’s Office of Education has recently released applications for pre-K providers to partner with PHLpreK.
Through the Philly Beverage Tax introduced earlier this year, PHLpreK gave 2,000 children access to free or quality pre-K programs in their neighborhoods. However, the beverage industry appealed this ruling, causing an interruption in the City’s plan to expand PHLpreK and add 1,000 additional seats this September.
Otis Hackney, the Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia, said that this application process will provide the city with qualified pre-K providers. Hackney hopes that when the lawsuit is resolved, “the city can hit the ground running” and expand its program to accommodate more children.
For current PHLpreK providers who wish to remain in the program during the 2017-2018 academic year, these providers can fill out a “Continuation Application.” This application deadline is Wednesday, May 3. Mandatory information sessions will be held on:
Thursday, April 13 from 4 - 6 p.m. at PHMC, 1500 Market Street, Lower Mezzanine
Monday, April 17 from 4 – 6 p.m. at PHMC, 1500 Market Street, Lower Mezzanine
Tuesday, April 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street
For new quality PHLpreK providers seeking to become a PHLpreK site during the 2017-2018 academic year, they can fill out a “Request for Qualifications for PHLpreK” can be found at The application deadline for this RFQ is Monday, May 15. Mandatory information sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, April 19 from 4 – 6 p.m. at PHMC, 1500 Market Street, Lower Mezzanine
Tuesday, April 25 from 4 – 6 p.m. PHMC, 1500 Market Street, Lower Mezzanine
Tuesday, May 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. at PHMC, 1500 Market Street, Lower Mezzanine
Interested applicants are required to attend one mandatory information session in person or through an online webinar. Questions regarding these applications can be sent to PHLprek@phmc.org.