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Educator Sarah Budlow said the more she learned about the impact of a kid's school experience on their life and their future, the more she wanted to become a teacher.
Kenney, who will step aside early next year, hopes PHLpreK will keep expanding after mayor-elect Cherelle Parker takes over.
The contracts cover everything from prekindergarten and office supplies to HVAC and strategic communications.
In Philadelphia, 83% of early childhood programs are currently facing a staffing shortage and nearly 3,000 children are on a waitlist.
Advocates and others say the city’s “Read by 4th” campaign and other efforts have built a strong foundation.
This veteran preschool teacher spoke with Chalkbeat Philadelphia about teaching preschoolers to share, common misconceptions about early learners, and more.
Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed budget for the coming year includes funding for 300 new PHLpreK seats.
Advocates are concerned that the decline could knock students off track academically.
Researchers at Penn State find sharp disparities in quality, funding before COVID.
Advocates, parents and principals gathered Wednesday to mark the five-year anniversary of the city’s pre-kindergarten program.
The pre-K program in Pennsylvania accelerates children four to five months by kindergarten, study shows
University sees early education as vital to alleviating poverty in West Philadelphia.
Providers seek to get the message across that pre-K isn’t just day care, and that parents have a responsibility to treat it like school.
The first article from our spring print edition focused on early childhood education.
City program clears its biggest legal hurdle, continues to grow as it enters year 3.
Salary and prestige of these jobs are still low, despite their importance to child development