August 27, 2014, Philadelphia — Pre-K for PA was proud to join the launch of a new preschool guide at ece.greatphillyschools.org, developed by partners including two of our Southeastern PA partners: Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

According to the NewsWorks report on the website’s launch,

“Of Philadelphia’s 2,000 existing pre-K programs, only 300 currently meet these standards. About half of them are operated by the Philadelphia School District.”

Click here to visit the GreatPhillySchools ECE (Early Childhood Education) guide.

 

More from GreatPhillySchools:
“We kept hearing how important it is to find a high quality child care or preschool program. In response, we worked with many great partners to develop GreatPhillySchools: Early Childhood Education.

“You’ll find lots of information already here: including descriptions, services, and enrollment facts for more than 300 high quality programs serving children 0-5. You will also find resources with useful tips and information like how to secure financial aid, descriptions of different program types, and what quality looks like.

“But the site is not now, nor will it ever be, complete. We will be working to improve it continuously. As more recent data becomes available from providers, accreditation agencies, and the state, we will update the information. We will keep adding more reference materials as it becomes available. All of this will be guided by you, based on your feedback and suggestions. In developing the site, we tried to base every decision on what parents want or need to know.

“Because we know quality is important, we set our bar high. In our database, you’ll find only high quality programs with an educational component.

“Policy makers and providers use all kinds of data in the course of managing centers and systems. While much of this data is available to the public, it is often presented in ways that are not user-friendly. Here, we have taken the same data that is used by policy makers and simplified its presentation so that users can more easily sort and compare providers.

“Still, users should avoid making snap judgments based on a provider’s profile.Keep in mind that every child has different learning needs, and there is no one universal program best for all.

“Without question, Philadelphia needs more great early childhood options. But it has many, and some of these are not enrolled to capacity. We hope GreatPhillySchools will become a helpful tool for your family in finding the best early childhood education choice for you.”

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Philadelphia School District’s superintendent Dr. William Hite — a Pre-K for PA “super for pre-k” — remarks about pre-kindergarten, “If we could only do one thing to change the trajectory of student outcomes, it is this.”
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